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Test Prep On-the-Go: How to Enjoy the Summer While Prepping For the SAT or ACT

By IvyWise on Fri, Jun 22, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

Stay On Track With Your Test Prep While Enjoying Your Time Off

School’s out and summer is in! Now that you’re done with another school year, you have time for all the things you weren’t able to enjoy during the school year – whether that’s travel, research endeavors, or summer programs. You likely also have some extra time to dedicate to your test prep. By continuing your test prep into the summer you’ll be able to build up your foundational skills so that come the fall, once you’re juggling all of your obligations, you won’t have to worry about starting your SAT or ACT test prep from the ground up.

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What Is Test-Optional Admissions?

By IvyWise on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 @ 01:08 PM

Here's What Test-Optional Means For College-Bound Students

Last week, the University of Chicago announced that it will no longer require SAT or ACT scores for undergraduate applicants from the US. UChicago is one the of the first major research universities to announce a test-optional policy, but test-optional and test-flexible admissions have been around for a long time. What exactly does it mean and how does it affect applicants?

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ACT Changes for International Students

By IvyWise on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 @ 01:48 PM

Here's What International Students Taking the ACT Can Expect in 2018

The ACT is shaking things up this year for international test-takers. Starting in September 2018, the ACT is transitioning to computer-based testing for all international students, meaning students will need to take their entire examination on the computer (unless the student has approved accommodations that approve them for paper testing).

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How to Stand Out at Your First Internship

By IvyWise on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 @ 02:07 PM

Be Proactive to Make the Most of Your Summer Internship Experience

Internships are valuable experiences that can give both high school and college students the opportunity to learn something new and stand out when applying to college or jobs in the future. There’s a lot that students can do to make the most of their internships and stand out this summer!

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What Students Need to Know About Superscoring

By IvyWise on Wed, Jun 06, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

Here Is The IvyWise Guide To Superscoring With Instructions On How To Send SAT And ACT Score Reports

A question we often receive is “what is superscoring?” College-bound students are often confused about what it means to superscore, which colleges do it, and how it impacts submitting their SAT or ACT scores. But we’re here to help! Here’s what students need to know about the logistics of superscoring and how it may improve your score profile when applying to college.

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Does Community Service Matter In The College Admissions Process?

By IvyWise on Tue, Jun 05, 2018 @ 02:41 PM

How Community Service Can Impact College Admission Chances

A recent survey of college admissions officers found that community service can be a tipping factor when making college admissions decisions. In fact, 53% of those surveyed said that community service can almost be a “tie-breaker” between applicants who are equally qualified. So how is community service viewed in the context of a student’s application, and what can students now to pursue meaningful community service opportunities?

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Class of 2022 Waitlist Statistics

By IvyWise on Wed, May 30, 2018 @ 04:21 PM

2018 Is A Mixed Bag For Waitlisted Students

Getting waitlisted can be a confusing and stressful admissions outcome for college bound students, and with record-low admission rates and record-high applicant pools, many college waitlists are growing while the chances of admission off the waitlist are hard to predict.

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Your Guide to the July ACT: What Parents and Students Need to Know

By IvyWise on Mon, May 21, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

The New Summer Test Date Can Help Rising Seniors Finish Their Testing Before The School Year

Juniors: Still need to take the ACT but worried you’re running out of time? Fear not! You now have more chances than ever to wrap up your test prep before senior year, even with the school year coming to a close. This year will mark the first administration of the July ACT, which will be held on July 14.

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How to Make Your Test Prep More Engaging

By IvyWise on Thu, May 17, 2018 @ 12:36 PM

Switch Up Your Study Routine So It Doesn't Get Boring

With summer break around the corner, many students might find it challenging to sit indoors and crack down on those end of year AP Exams, projects, and finals. Since it is important to stay engaged for the entire academic year, it’s important to think outside of the box and brainstorm ways to make your test prep and studying less of a chore and more of something to look forward to!

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How to Find College Acceptance Rates Online

By IvyWise on Wed, May 09, 2018 @ 12:45 PM

Acceptance Rates Are An Important Metric For Students When Building A Balanced College List

Every year we hear about “record-low acceptance rates” for a number of already highly selective colleges and universities. With more students applying to more colleges, it’s no surprise that many schools across the US are seeing their admission rates drop, however, that’s not always the case for every institution. When building your balanced college list it’s important to understand how your profile stacks up against the most recently admitted class and the overall college acceptance rates for each school to which you plan to apply.

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Yes, College Admissions Officers Are Looking At Social Media

By IvyWise on Tue, May 08, 2018 @ 11:51 AM

But That Shouldn’t Scare You If You’re Smart Online

We hear it every year: College admissions officers are checking out applicants’ social media profiles and it can affect how they’re viewed – especially if there’s anything particularly egregious out there. The latest Kaplan survey of college admissions officers found that almost 70% of them think that looking at social media is “fair game” in the admissions process.

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Colleges Still Accepting Applications for Fall 2018

By IvyWise on Thu, May 03, 2018 @ 09:58 AM

These Schools Still Have Space For the Class of 2022

Got a late start on the college admissions process? Didn’t like your college options? Reconsidering your planned gap year? There are over 400 colleges and universities in the US (and abroad!) that are still accepting applications for the class of 2022 entering fall 2018.

Topics: Class of 2022
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5 Extracurricular Activity Ideas for STEM Students

By IvyWise on Wed, Apr 25, 2018 @ 03:28 PM

There Are Many Ways That STEM Students Can Explore Their Interests Outside of the Classroom

Extracurricular activities are a great way for students to explore their interests, develop a specialty, and eventually stand out when it comes time to apply to college. For STEM students, finding extracurricular initiatives that match their interests can sometimes be difficult, but there are actually a lot of opportunities out there that allow STEM students to get involved and make an impact.

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SAT vs. ACT: Taking Accommodations Into Consideration When Beginning Your Test Prep

By IvyWise on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

For Students Requiring Testing Accommodations It’s Important To Consider Your Options Along With Your Test Prep Plan

According to The College Board, nearly 160,000 requests for testing accommodations were made in 2015-16. For students with learning disabilities or differences (LDs), deciding which college entrance exam – the SAT or the ACT – is the best fit for their needs can be extra challenging as they must navigate additional considerations, like applying to accommodations. While one test isn’t preferable over the other for every LD – everyone is an individual – there are some elements that make one test for preferable over another depending on students’ needs and available accommodations.

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IvyWise Gives Back: 2018 Corporate Service Trip Recap

By IvyWise on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 @ 12:38 PM

Seven IvyWise Team Members Share Their Favorite Memories Of Their Time In Guatemala With School the World

In March, seven IvyWise team members traveled to Guatemala with School the World as part of the organization’s first corporate service trip, where they built a school for a community outside of Santa Cruz del Quiche.

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College Prep Planning For 8th Grade Students

By IvyWise on Fri, Apr 13, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Current 8th Graders Should Start Making a Plan for Their First Year of High School

The easiest way to minimize the stress associated with the college admissions process is to start early! If you have an understanding of what admissions officers are looking for and what you need to check off of your to-do list and when, you can avoid last-minute time crunches. Do yourself a favor and use the summer before 9th grade to plan for your freshman year of high school and, ultimately, set yourself up for college prep success for the next four years.

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How Can I Conquer Testing Anxiety?

By IvyWise on Wed, Apr 11, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Testing Anxiety Can Greatly Impact Students’ Test Prep – Here’s How to Tackle It

While it’s common for students to feel nervous before an exam, there are some students who experience a heightened sense of nervous feelings known as anxiety. Too much anxiety, when in correlation to an examination, is known as “testing anxiety.” It is possible for testing anxiety to lead to testing difficulties since it can inhibit students from performing to the best of their abilities depending on how it manifests. So what can students do to minimize the impact that testing anxiety has on their test-day performance?

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4 Important College Prep Skills You Can Learn From A Summer Job

By IvyWise on Mon, Apr 09, 2018 @ 02:06 PM

A Summer Job Can Help You Earn Some Extra Cash and Develop Skills That Will Take You Through the Admissions Process and College

Academic courses or summer programs and MOOCs aren’t the only options that students have in order stay productive or keep learning this summer. In addition to exploring your interests through summer activities, a summer job can help you develop a new skills that are sometimes difficult to develop inside the classroom. No matter the job, taking on a paid position with a defined set of responsibilities will challenge you in new and exciting ways.

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5 Tips for Students Waitlisted at Their Top-Choice College

By IvyWise on Wed, Mar 28, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

A Waitlist Decision Can Be Confusing, So What Should You Do?

So you’ve been placed on the dreaded waitlist. Now what? There’s actually a lot that students can do to maximize their chances of admission off the waitlist.

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7 Tips for Students Denied From Their Top-Choice College

By IvyWise on Tue, Mar 27, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

If You're Denied Don't Give Up Hope!

Receiving a denial from a college can be extremely disappointing, but it’s not the end of the world. There are a number of things that students can do to deal with a denial – and focus on the positives.

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6 Tips for Students Accepted to Their Top-Choice Colleges

By IvyWise on Mon, Mar 26, 2018 @ 09:53 AM

Here's What to Do If You're Accepted!

More college admissions decisions are coming out this week, and we have some advice for students who were accepted to their top-choice colleges.

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6 Must-Have Items For Your College Visits

By IvyWise on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Here's What to Bring On Your Campus Tours This Spring

College visits are an important part of the college prep process, as it help students learn more about schools of interest in order to build their balanced college list. Campus visits are a marathon – not a sprint – and taking along the right items can help make your time touring schools a lot easier!

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Extracurricular Activity Resources for High School Freshmen and Sophomores

By IvyWise on Wed, Mar 21, 2018 @ 04:58 PM

Are You Participating In Meaningful Extracurricular Activities?

Colleges want to see what students are doing outside of the classroom, so high school students should seek out extracurricular opportunities that they’re passionate about and match their interests. For high school freshmen and sophomores, it can be hard to figure out exactly what their interests are and the activities that best suit those passions. Luckily, there are a number of resources for high school freshmen and sophomores to help them identify their core interests and find activities that support them.

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Class of 2022 Admission Rates

By IvyWise on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 @ 03:46 PM

As Colleges Begin Releasing Admission Decisions, MIT Is One of the First With 6.7% Acceptance Rate

Here’s a look at some of the first admission rates and application numbers from the class of 2022.

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5 Most Popular SAT Subject Tests

By Megan, IvyWise Tutoring Manager on Fri, Mar 09, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Here’s a Breakdown of 5 of the Most Popular SAT Subject Tests

While some colleges and universities require SAT Subject Test scores as part of the application process, many students choose to take them as way to demonstrate their interest in a particular area of study. There are a number of SAT Subject Tests that many students tend to gravitate toward, so we’ve compiled a list of the five most popular SAT Subject Tests!

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Summer Planning Resources For High School Students

By IvyWise on Wed, Mar 07, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Now’s the Time for Students to Think About How to Spend Their Summer Breaks

It may only be March, but summer break will be here before you know it, and students need to have a solid plan for how to spend their time off from school.

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SAT and ACT Prep: How Many Practice Tests Should I Take?

By Taylor, IvyWise Tutoring Coordinator on Mon, Mar 05, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Take Multiple SAT and ACT Practice Tests As Part of Your  Test Prep Plan

Practice tests are an integral part of any test prep program, especially when you’re preparing for the SAT or ACT. Regardless of the test you plan to take, practice exams give you an opportunity to challenge your skills and gauge your progress.

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The IvyWise Team Is Heading To Guatemala!

By IvyWise on Fri, Mar 02, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

Follow the IvyWise Team as We Travel to Build a School in Guatemala

On Sunday seven members of the IvyWise team will travel to Guatemala to build a school as part of IvyWise Gives Back initiative with School the World! Here’s how you can follow along with our journey.

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Class of 2022 Regular Decision Notification Dates

By IvyWise on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 @ 03:03 PM

Here’s When Students Can Expect to Receive Regular Admission Decisions in 2018

As we draw closer to spring, colleges and universities across the country are working hard to get through hundreds of thousands of college applications to the class of 2022 in order to deliver regular decisions by the end of March.

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ED II Decisions: What To Do If You’re Accepted, Rejected, Or Deferred

By IvyWise on Tue, Feb 13, 2018 @ 11:38 AM

Students Who Applied ED II To Their Top-Choice Colleges Should Prepare For All Outcomes

Many ED II decisions for the class of 2022 will be released this week, with students finding out if they were accepted, rejected, or deferred at their top-choice colleges. Here’s what students need to do one they learn of their decisions.

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Test Prep 101: Common ACT Math Mistakes

By IvyWise on Thu, Feb 08, 2018 @ 01:02 PM

Improve Your Performance on the ACT Math Section By Avoiding These Common Mistakes

By: Priyam, IvyWise Master Tutor

The spring semester is a big test prep season, and for a lot of students, the math section of either the ACT or SAT can be challenging – and often the difference between their goal scores or slightly missing the mark. There are a number of mistakes that students make on the ACT Math section that can be avoided with proper test prep and guidance.

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Class of 2022 College Application Numbers

By IvyWise on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 @ 02:12 PM

Top Universities Report Record-High Number of Applications for the 2017-18 College Admissions Cycle

Many colleges and universities are releasing stats on their college application numbers for the class of 2022, and several are reporting record-setting applicant pools.

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Help IvyWise and School the World Build a School In Guatemala This Spring

By IvyWise on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 @ 10:00 AM

IvyWise Will Travel to Guatemala With School the World in March to Build an Elementary School

IvyWise, along with Flywire and Envisage International, has partnered with School the World and will be traveling to Guatemala this March to build a school and playground with the aim of expanding educational access in one of the country’s neediest communities.

Topics: For IvyWise
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2018-19 Common Application Essay Prompts

By IvyWise on Tue, Jan 23, 2018 @ 01:12 PM

The Common App Prompts for 2018-19 Will Remain the Same as Last Year

The Common Application has announced the personal essay prompts for the 2018-19 admissions season, leaving the prompts from 2017-18 unchanged.

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Test Prep FAQ: Can You Reschedule Your SAT or ACT?

By IvyWise on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 @ 01:53 PM

Consider Rescheduling Your SAT or ACT Exam Date If Appropriate

By Taylor, IvyWise Tutoring Coordinator

The most important rule of test prep: Don’t sit for the SAT or ACT if you’re not ready. During the spring semester, students dedicate a significant amount of time preparing for a slew of exams ranging from AP exams and finals to the SAT or ACT and SAT Subject Tests. Many students may have a test prep plan in place already, but plans can change and that’s okay! Rescheduling your test date is an option, but how do you know if you should?

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How to Create a College Prep Plan

By IvyWise on Thu, Jan 11, 2018 @ 02:47 PM

Start the Year By Creating a Comprehensive College Prep Plan

Crafting a thoughtful and thorough college prep plan is critical to reaching your college admissions goals, but often students aren’t sure where to start. It’s important for students to take some time to evaluate where they are in the process, their goals, and how they plan to achieve them.

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Taking SAT and ACT Practice Tests at Home: Setting Up a Successful Environment

By IvyWise on Fri, Jan 05, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

Full-Length SAT and ACT Practice Tests Are a Key Component of Any Test Prep Plan

By Peter, IvyWise Master Tutor

The spring semester is a big test prep time for college bound students, as many juniors will be taking the SAT or ACT in the coming months. Taking practice tests is an essential part of the test preparation process because the best way to prep for the SAT or ACT is to actually take them! But it’s not enough to take practice tests. Students also need to simulate the test day environment as best as they can.

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Colleges Still Accepting Applications After Jan. 1

By IvyWise on Wed, Jan 03, 2018 @ 01:37 PM

A Number of Schools Are Still Accepting Applications for the Class of 2022

Many application deadlines have already passed, but there are still hundreds of colleges and universities in the US accepting applications for the class of 2022.

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4 Reasons Why You Should Catch Up On Outside Reading Over Winter Break

By IvyWise on Fri, Dec 22, 2017 @ 09:24 AM

Relax With A Good Book Or Other Reading While You’re Out Of School For The Holidays

We can’t stress the importance of outside reading enough. Oftentimes it’s hard for students to find the time to read books or other materials for fun, but winter break is the perfect time to catch up on some outside reading you haven’t been able to do this semester.

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How to Stay Fresh Over Break: Winter Break Study Tips and More

By IvyWise on Mon, Dec 18, 2017 @ 02:46 PM

Use Winter Break To Stay On Track With Test Prep and Complete Any Assigned Work

By Taylor, IvyWise Tutoring Coordinator

Winter Break is here! Time off between now and the New Year brings family time, trips, holiday fun, and hopefully some rest! However, for some students, this break can also lead to a smaller-scale version of the brain drain that we tend to see over the summer. Tests, projects, and standardized tests like ACT and SAT will pick up again as soon as students are back to school after the break, so it’s important for students to stay sharp so that they don’t fall behind once school resumes.

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Class of 2022 Early Admission Rates

By IvyWise on Wed, Dec 13, 2017 @ 11:28 AM

Here are the Early Admissions Statistics for the Class of 2022

The first members of the college class of 2022 are in! Are you curious to see how this year’s early applicants compared to the class of 2021? Here’s our breakdown of the early admission numbers for the class of 2022. More decisions will be released later this week, along with statistics, so we will be updating as more information becomes available!

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7 Things For Early Admission Applicants To Keep In Mind

By IvyWise on Fri, Dec 08, 2017 @ 12:50 PM

Here’s What Students Need To Remember As They’re Notified of Their Early Admission Decisions

As mid-December approaches, so do early decision release dates. Many students who applied early decision or early action to their top-choice colleges will learn their fate over the next week or so, and it can be an extremely stressful time. However, there are a lot of positive things to consider as early admission applicants wait to hear from their dream schools.

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Top Essay Writing Tips From Former Admissions Officers

By IvyWise on Fri, Dec 01, 2017 @ 01:17 PM

Here’s What College Bound Students Need to Do to Write a Great College Application Essay

It’s college application crunch time for high school seniors, and there are probably more than a few of you who are behind on writing those application essays. Don’t get stressed! Our team of counselors is here to help with some of their top essay writing tips.

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12 Things to Be Thankful For This College Admissions Season

By IvyWise on Tue, Nov 21, 2017 @ 11:41 AM

Remember These When Relatives Are Asking A Million Questions About College This Holiday Week

There’s a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday, and college bound high school seniors have more than a few things to show appreciation for this week.

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19 College Application Essay Resources

By IvyWise on Thu, Nov 16, 2017 @ 01:25 PM

Write A Great Personal Statement and Supplemental Essays With These Tips and Resources

As the holiday season approaches, many college bound seniors are taking advantage of some time off in order to catch up on their college applications. Essays can be the most time-consuming and stressful part of the college admissions process, however, with the right tools and resources, students can put together compelling and thoughtful essays well before the looming application deadlines.

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How College Applications Are Evaluated: The Soft Factors

By IvyWise on Thu, Nov 09, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

In The “Holistic Review” Process Qualitative Elements Like Essays, Recommendations, and More Are Just As Important As Grades and Test Scores

Grades and test scores are important when applying to college, but what about the other college application elements like essays, recommendations, and more? It’s critical for students (and parents!) to understand how the different elements of applications are evaluated when applying to college in order to have the best chance of admission to their top-choice schools.

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How College Applications Are Evaluated: The Hard Factors

By IvyWise on Wed, Nov 08, 2017 @ 12:16 PM

Quantitative Elements Like Grades, Test Scores, and More are Weighed When Applying to College

College bound students know that grades and test scores are important when applying to college, but exactly how important? It’s critical for students to understand how the different elements of applications are evaluated and what they can do to improve their chances of admission.

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11 Stranger Things GIFs That Perfectly Describe Applying To College

By IvyWise on Thu, Nov 02, 2017 @ 12:29 PM

Will My College Application Be Sent To The Upside Down?

Some of the first application deadlines have already passed, and with a little less than two months to go before regular decision deadlines, students are grappling with some strange college admissions emotions.

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IvyWise Pro Bono Student Feature: Ranpreet

By IvyWise on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 @ 11:51 AM

IvyWise Student Ranpreet Shares His College Admissions Experience, Motivation, and Advice

The college application process is in full swing for high school seniors applying to the class of 2022. It can be a high-stress time of year, and it’s important for students to have perspective when going through the admissions journey. One IvyWise student, Ranpreet, has some advice to students to help them stay motivated this fall.

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Test Prep 101: Guide to the ACT Math Section

By IvyWise on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 @ 03:03 PM

Here’s What Students Need to Know About the ACT Math Section

By Peter, IvyWise Master Tutor

If you’re preparing to take the ACT this fall, it’s important to understand the exam’s content, format, and test-taking strategies in order to maximize your performance on test day. The ACT Math section is a great entry point for students in order to understand how the ACT is organized as well as the test’s key differences from the SAT.

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Class of 2022 Early Decision Notification Dates

By IvyWise on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 @ 11:37 AM

Early Decision and Early Action Notification Dates for the 2017-18 Application Season

Looking for regular decision release dates for the Class of 2022? Click here!

It won’t be long before the first early admission decisions are released. Are you ready? Here’s our annual list of early decision notification dates!

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What Is Personalized Learning And Why Is It Important?

By IvyWise on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Personalized Learning Can Help Students Achieve Academic and College Prep Success

By Megan, IvyWise Tutoring Manager

Every student is different – including the ways in which they learn. Just like students should focus on fit when selecting colleges to which to apply, fit is also important when analyzing the best way to help students achieve their academic goals in the college prep process. This is where Personalized Learning comes into play.

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Test Prep 101: Utilizing Free Test Prep Materials

By IvyWise on Mon, Oct 02, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Free Test Prep Resources Like Khan Academy Can Be The Perfect Accessory When Working With Your Tutor

By Taylor, IvyWise Tutoring Coordinator

Whether it’s AP or IB courses, continuing standardized test prep, or just keeping up with regular coursework, students have their work cut out for them this school year. While many of our students work with IvyWise tutors throughout the summer and school year to get a leg-up with these subjects, many students and tutors alike have also taken advantage of the limitless online resources available to them. It is 2017, after all, and it wouldn’t be the 21st century without implementing  technology to supplement students’ tutoring and learning!

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It’s All in The Mind: Growth Mindset and College Prep

By IvyWise on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 @ 04:30 PM

Adopting A Growth Mindset Can Help Students Succeed In The Classroom and In Their College Prep

By Megan, IvyWise Tutoring Manager

How can students learn better, and how can those skills translate into college and post-graduate success? The concept of Growth Mindset, from the research of Carol Dweck, has taken education world by storm and greatly impacted the way educational professionals view student instruction. Recently, Khan Academy hosted LearnStorm - Growth Mindset Livestream, and the team here at IvyWise has a breakdown of exactly what Growth Mindset is and how it’s beneficial when preparing for, and once students are in, college.

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Test Prep 101: Guide to the ACT Science Section

By IvyWise on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 @ 03:02 PM

Here’s What Students Need to Know About the ACT Science Section

By Peter, IvyWise Master Tutor

If you’re preparing to take the ACT this fall, it’s important to understand the exam’s content, format, and test-taking strategies in order to maximize your performance on test day. The ACT Science section has long been a source of worry for many students who do not consider themselves strong in the sciences – including those who are deciding which test to take. The ACT’s distinct ‘Science’ section is, after all, the most obvious difference between the ACT and SAT exams. So what can students expect on this portion of the ACT?

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Test Prep 101: SAT and ACT Diagnostics

By IvyWise on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 @ 10:20 AM

Students Should Take a Full-Length Diagnostic of Both the SAT and ACT

By Megan, IvyWise Tutoring Manager

With application season upon us, it’s time for sophomores and juniors to begin preparing for and taking standardized tests. The first step to preparing for the SAT or ACT is to decide which test is the best fit for your skills and abilities. While there are countless articles comparing the SAT and ACT and why you should take a certain exam, in reality the tests are incredibly similar. Ultimately, there is no clear sign of which test to prepare for without taking diagnostics of each exam.

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SAT Calculator Hacks From An Expert Tutor

By IvyWise on Thu, Sep 07, 2017 @ 02:29 PM

Tips and Free Tools For Students Using Calculators On the SAT

By Priyam, IvyWise Master Tutor

It’s SAT and ACT season for college bound students, and many will go into these tests with a calculator in-hand. Make sure you know how – and when – to use it.

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Innovative Free Apps To Help You Step Up Your SAT and ACT Vocabulary

By IvyWise on Fri, Sep 01, 2017 @ 10:44 AM

Utilize Free Resoures To Supplement Your Test Prep

By Megan, IvyWise Tutoring Manager

Expanding your vocabulary is important in high school, especially when preparing for the SAT or ACT, as they both have sections that will test your reading skills and your knowledge of certain words and their definitions. There are a number of free apps that students can use to enhance their vocabulary and make the most of their test prep.

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Juniors: 4 Tips to Help You Plan College Visits This Fall

By IvyWise on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

College Visits Are a Big Part of Your College List Research

Junior year is a big college prep year, and one of the most important things that juniors will do this fall is visit colleges and universities as part of their college list research.

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How Many Times Should I Take the SAT or ACT?

By IvyWise on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Students Should Avoid Taking College Entrance Exams Too Many Times

Junior year is a big testing year for college bound students, and as they prepare for the SAT or ACT many students might not be taking the test for the first time. It’s not uncommon for students to take the SAT or ACT multiple times, but how many times is too many?

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3 Tips to Help You Build Your Balanced College List

By IvyWise on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Research Is Key To Creating a Balanced List of Colleges To Apply To

The college admission season is here, but where are you applying? Students should start researching colleges and building a balanced college list junior year, and continue to refine their list throughout the school year.

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When Should You Take SAT Subject Tests?

By IvyWise on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 @ 09:30 AM

SAT Subject Tests Are Sometimes an Application Requirement But They Can Also Help You Boost Your Applicant Profile

By Megan, IvyWise Tutoring Manager

The school year is coming, but what does that mean? Students will begin thinking about (or stressing about) when they should take their college placement exams. While students usually have a reasonable handle on when to take the SAT or ACT, there seems to be confusion on whether or not to take SAT Subject Tests and when.

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Test Prep 101: Guide to the ACT Reading Section

By IvyWise on Thu, Aug 10, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

Here’s What Students Need to Know About the ACT Reading Section

By Peter, IvyWise Master Tutor

If you’re preparing for the ACT with the goal of raising your score on the ACT Reading section, it’s important to know what’s new and how to approach the passages and questions in this section of the exam.

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3 Pieces of College Admissions Advice for the Class of 2018

By IvyWise on Wed, Aug 09, 2017 @ 12:33 PM

“Don’t Be Afraid to Be Yourself. Colleges Want a Person Not a Paper.”

The college admissions process is officially underway for the high school class of 2018, with the Common Application now open and the new school year just around the corner. Applying to college can be a stressful and intimidating process, but there are simple steps that rising high school seniors can take to make the most of their admissions journey.

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New ACT Redbook 2018: What’s the Lowdown?

By IvyWise on Thu, Aug 03, 2017 @ 02:23 PM

Here’s What Students Preparing for the ACT Need to Know About the 2018 Redbook

By Peter, IvyWise Master Tutor

The makers of the ACT released a new version of their own preparation ‘Redbook’ this past June. While it is mostly resembles that of the previous version, the new release is a great opportunity to discuss how students planning to take the ACT can best make use of the book while preparing for the exam.

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2017-18 Quirky College Application Essay Prompts

By IvyWise on Wed, Aug 02, 2017 @ 12:45 PM

Students Need to Get Creative With These Unusual College Essay Prompts

It’s that time of year again! The 2017-18 Common Application is open, and now's the time for the class of 2022 to start on their college application essays and supplements – which can sometimes include weird and unusual essay prompts and short answer questions.

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2017-18 Coalition Application Guide

By IvyWise on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 @ 02:38 PM

Here’s Everything College-Bound Seniors Need to Know About the Coalition College Application

The 2017-18 admissions season is ramping up, with the opening of the Common Application on August 1 and the availability of the Coalition application. Over 100 colleges and universities plan to use the Coalition application this year, and there have been a number of changes and enhancements that students and parents need to be aware of before starting on their applications this fall.

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SAT and ACT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines 2017-18

By IvyWise on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Here’s When You Can Take the SAT and ACT

Preparing for the SAT or ACT is a major aspect of the college admissions process, and part of determining the best test prep strategy is to know exactly when you plan to take these college entrance exams. We’ve pulled together the SAT and ACT test dates and registration deadlines for the 2017-18 school year so that college-bound students can access this information in one place – and better prepare for testing this fall and next spring.

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How to Research Colleges This Summer

By IvyWise on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 @ 12:49 PM

Use Your Free Time This Summer to Catch Up on College Research

August is just around the corner – which means a new Common App and the start of a new college admissions season. For rising seniors and juniors, the last few weeks before the start of the school year is a great time to research potential colleges in order to develop and refine their balanced college lists.

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Taking the August SAT? Here’s How to Prep

By IvyWise on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 @ 12:09 PM

Test Prep Tips and Resources For Students Planning to Take the SAT in August

The registration deadline for the August SAT is fast approaching (July 28 and August 8 with late fee), so if you plan on taking the exam later this summer it’s time to get serious about your test prep. There are a number of resources that you can utilize this summer in order to prepare for the August SAT.

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Test Prep 101: Guide to the ACT English Section

By IvyWise on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 @ 11:23 AM

Here’s What Students Need to Know About the ACT English Section

By Peter, IvyWise Master Tutor

Are you preparing for the ACT this summer? Understanding the exam’s content, format, and strategies to maximize your performance on test day is important in order to make the most of your test prep and, in the end, reach your goal score.

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2017-18 Common Application Supplements and Essay Prompts

By IvyWise on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 @ 03:43 PM

Many Colleges Have Already Announced Their 2017-18 College Application Essay Prompts

The summer is a great time for college-bound seniors to begin working on their college application essays, as many colleges and universities have already released their essay prompts for the 2017-18 college application season.

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Are You Having a Productive Summer Break?

By IvyWise on Wed, Jul 05, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

College Bound Students Can Use The Summer To Explore Interests and Catch Up On College Apps

We can’t stress enough the importance of a productive summer break when preparing to apply to college. While students can use the summer break to relax and recharge, they should also use some of that downtime to explore their interests, catch up on test prep and outside reading, and more.

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8 Summer Reading Suggestions for High School Students

By IvyWise on Fri, Jun 30, 2017 @ 11:12 AM

Use The 4th of July Holiday Break To Catch Up On Outside Reading

For students preparing for the college admissions process, the 4th of July holiday is a great time to relax, recharge, and catch up on some light outside reading.

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IvyWise Class of 2017: Where Are They Going?

By IvyWise on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 @ 10:19 AM

Here’s Where IvyWise Students Will Be Attending College This Fall

It was a great admissions season for the IvyWise class of 2017, with 91% of our students gaining admission to one or more of their top choice colleges. IvyWise students received over 400 acceptances to over 140 different colleges, but where are they enrolling?

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Class of 2022: Have You Started On Your College Applications and Essays?

By IvyWise on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 @ 12:32 PM

Students Can Get a Head Start On College Applications and Essays This Summer

The school year may be coming to a close, but the college admissions process is just starting for rising high school seniors (aka the college class of 2022). In addition to preparing for standardized testing and finalizing college lists, rising seniors also have the opportunity to get a head start on their college application essays during the summer break.

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Resources for Rising College Freshmen

By IvyWise on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 @ 10:29 AM

Here Are Some Resources to Help You Prepare For Your Freshman Year of College This Summer

Summer is in full swing, and while rising high school seniors are turning their focus toward the college application process, those who have already graduated are preparing for their first year in college. There’s a lot that rising college freshmen can do this summer to prepare for their first year on campus.

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Yes, Your Social Media Matters When Applying to College

By IvyWise on Tue, Jun 06, 2017 @ 12:59 PM

Even After You’re Admitted Your Social Media Presence Can Impact Your Admission Decisions

This spring, at least 10 members of Harvard’s class of 2021 had their offers of admission rescinded after the university was alerted to a private group message in which some incoming freshmen were posting offensive memes. This is a good opportunity to remind college bound students of the effect social media can have on the college admissions process before – and after – applying.

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IvyWise Pro Bono Student Feature: Andrea

By IvyWise on Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 12:41 PM

IvyWise Pro Bono Student Andrea Shares Her Experience, Motivation, and Advice

The admissions season has come to a close for the college class of 2021, and now the focus has shifted toward the class of 2022. While the admissions process is full of stats like admission rates, yield, SAT and ACT scores, and more, it’s important to remember what really matters when applying to college: the student. At IvyWise we have the honor of working with a number of amazing students, and we’d like to take the time to feature some of them.

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Class of 2021 Yield Rates

By IvyWise on Thu, May 18, 2017 @ 11:06 AM

Colleges Report Matriculation for the Class of 2021

This college admissions season saw record-low admission rates, but what colleges are really concerned about now is yield – the percentage of admitted students who enroll. Class of 2021 yield rates are starting to emerge – giving prospective students a better picture of the most recent freshman class.

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Colleges Still Accepting Applications for the Class of 2021

By IvyWise on Tue, May 16, 2017 @ 12:05 PM

There’s Still Time to Apply to College! Over 500 Colleges and Universities Are Still Accepting Students to the Class of 2021

Whether you got a late start on the college admissions process, or you weren’t accepted to the colleges to which you applied, there’s still a chance to secure a spot in the class of 2021. NACAC’s annual College Openings Update: Options for Qualified Students survey lists over 500 colleges and universities that have space available for the freshman class entering fall 2017.

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Test Prep 101: Guide to the SAT Essay

By IvyWise on Wed, May 10, 2017 @ 01:43 PM

Here’s What Students Need to Know About the SAT Essay Section

By Peter, IvyWise Master Tutor

Understanding test content, formatting, and changes are important when preparing for the SAT – especially the essay portion. There have been a number of changes to the SAT since the launch of the new exam in 2016, and our guide to the SAT Essay will help students better understand how to master this section should they choose to take it.

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Juniors: Tips to Help You Create Your College List

By IvyWise on Wed, May 03, 2017 @ 03:30 PM

Here are Some Resources to Help Students Build a Balanced College List

Juniors: Do you know where you’ll be applying to college this fall? Now’s the time to create your balanced college list if you haven’t started already.

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Test Prep 101: Guide to the SAT Math Section

By IvyWise on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 @ 11:21 AM

Here’s What Students Need to Know About the SAT Math Section

By Peter, IvyWise Master Tutor

Understanding test content, formatting, and changes are important when preparing for the SAT – especially the Math section. There have been a number of changes to the SAT math section since the launch of the new exam in 2016, and IvyWise is here to help students better understand how to master this portion of the SAT.

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Still Not Sure Where to Enroll? Tips For Choosing the Best Fit College

By IvyWise on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 @ 02:28 PM

Students Have Until May 1 To Decide Where to Enroll

The May 1 enrollment deadline for college bound seniors is fast approaching, and while many students may know where they want to spend the next four years, the jury may still be out for others deciding where to enroll for the fall.

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2017-18 Common Application Changes

By IvyWise on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 @ 02:38 PM

Here’s What to Expect on the 2017-18 Common Application

The admissions cycle for the class of 2021 may be over, but the college preparation journey is just starting for current juniors who are planning to apply to college this fall. Students are getting started on their applications earlier than ever, and it's important to stay informed on the latest Common Application changes before the summer and fall.

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2017 AP Exam Dates and Schedule

By IvyWise on Tue, Apr 11, 2017 @ 02:19 PM

Here's When Students Will Take AP Exams in 2017

With AP exam dates less than a month away, it's time for students to prepare for these intensive tests.

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Here’s What Accepted Students Need to Do Before May 1

By IvyWise on Fri, Apr 07, 2017 @ 10:52 AM

Accepted to Your Top-Choice Colleges? Congratulations! Here’s What to Do Next

Regular admission decisions are out for the class of 2021, and up until this point, students probably spent a lot of time daydreaming about gaining admission to their top-choice colleges but not much about what they will need to do after their decisions come in. Getting accepted to one or more of your top-choice colleges is exciting, but there’s still a lot to do before enrollment deposits are due May 1 – especially if you received multiple offers of admission.

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Watch These 6 College Acceptance Reaction Videos

By IvyWise on Tue, Apr 04, 2017 @ 01:00 PM

Watch Some of the Newest Members of the Class of 2021 Learn of Their Acceptances

Admission decisions for the class of 2021 are in, and college bound students across the country are deciding where to spend the next four years. Students have had to wait a long time for their final admission decisions, and for those with good news, the moment was too good not to be captured on camera.

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Ready for College? Here's Some College Prep Advice from IvyWise Students

By IvyWise on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 @ 12:10 PM

Learn About the College Admissions Process From Two IvyWise Students

As high school seniors across the US, and the world, await admission decisions for the class of 2021, it’s important to remember the focus of this process at the end of the day: the student. At IvyWise we have the honor of working with some amazing students, and they have some advice for other students just starting the college admissions process.

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What If I Get Rejected From My Top-Choice College?

By IvyWise on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 @ 01:46 PM

Here’s What to Do If You Were Rejected From Your Top-Choice College

As colleges begin notifying applicants of their regular admission decisions, many students, especially those who applied to highly-selective universities with notoriously low admit rates, will be faced with their worst-case scenario: a rejection from their top-choice college. Receiving a rejection from a top-choice college can be crushing to students, but it’s not the end of the world.

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What If I Get Placed On The Waitlist?

By IvyWise on Fri, Mar 17, 2017 @ 06:15 PM

Tips and Resources for Waitlisted Students

As colleges begin notifying applicants of their regular admission decisions, many students end up faced with a puzzling outcome: the waitlist. While getting placed on the waitlist is not an ideal situation, there is a lot that students can do to effectively address the situation and improve their chances of admission should they choose to remain on the waitlist.

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Class of 2021 Admission Rates

By IvyWise on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 @ 11:32 AM

Colleges Continue to Report Record-High Application Numbers, MIT Admits 7.1% of Applicants to the Class of 2021

Here’s a look at some of the first admission rates and application numbers from the class of 2021.

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IvyWise Pro Bono Student Feature: Kaitlyn

By IvyWise on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 03:08 PM

IvyWise Student Kaitlyn Shares Her Experience, Motivation, and Advice

As high school seniors across the US, and the world, await college admission decisions for the class of 2021, it’s important to remember the focus of this process at the end of the day: the student. At IvyWise we have the honor of working with some amazing students, and we’d like to take the time to feature some of them.

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Test Prep 101: Guide to the SAT Writing Section

By IvyWise on Tue, Mar 07, 2017 @ 01:13 PM

Here’s What Students Need to Know About the SAT Writing Section 

By Peter, IvyWise Master Tutor

Understanding test content, formatting, and changes are important when preparing for the SAT – especially the writing section. There have been a number of changes to the SAT writing section since the launch of the new exam in 2016, and IvyWise is here to help students better understand how to master this portion of the SAT.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Feb. 27 - March 3

By IvyWise on Fri, Mar 03, 2017 @ 11:03 AM

SAT and ACT Changes for 2017-18, IvyWise Class of 2017 Early Admission Results

It’s March, and we’re quickly approaching regular decision release dates for the class of 2021! While college bound high school seniors are focused on their final semester and preparing for admission decisions, high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors need to be preparing for their own college admissions journey – including staying up-to-date on the latest college admissions news and trends.

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IvyWise Class of 2017 Early Admission Results

By IvyWise on Wed, Mar 01, 2017 @ 03:42 PM

IvyWise Students Gain Early Admission to Highly Selective Universities for the Class of 2021

As college bound seniors anxiously await regular decisions, we’re still gathering information on early admission statistics for the class of 2021, including early action, EDI, and EDII results. IvyWise students had tremendous success in the early round, with acceptances to Harvard University, Yale University, Stanford University, and more.

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SAT and ACT Announce Changes for 2017-18 Testing Season

By IvyWise on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 @ 12:48 PM

SAT to Limit International Test Dates, ACT Adding July Administration

Last year saw some big changes for the SAT, and now both the College Board, which administers the SAT, and the ACT have announced changes for the 2017-18 testing season, including tighter security, new test dates, and more.

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31 College Prep Resources for High School Juniors

By IvyWise on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 @ 02:45 PM

Resources to Help High School Juniors Stay On Track With Their College Planning

 

The college application process is right around the corner for high school juniors, and we have a number of resources to help college bound juniors get and stay on track before they apply to college in the fall.

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Class of 2021 Regular Decision Notification Dates

By IvyWise on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 @ 11:20 AM

Here Are the Regular Admission Decision Dates for the Class of 2021

 Looking for regular decision release dates for the Class of 2022? Click here!

As we draw closer to the middle of the spring semester, college across the country are working hard to get through hundreds of thousands of college applications to the class of 2021 in order to deliver regular admission decisions by the end of March. We've compiled a comprehensive list of admission decision dates for 2017 here.

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Summer Programs for STEM Students

By IvyWise on Thu, Feb 09, 2017 @ 11:54 AM

These Summer Programs for STEM Students Are Still Accepting Applications

 

For students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math fields (STEM), there are plenty of ways to gain valuable experience over the summer, whether it’s through an internship, a summer program, or an independent project.

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2017-18 Common Application Essay Prompts

By IvyWise on Wed, Feb 08, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Common App Brings Back the Topic of Choice Essay for 2017

 

Regular decisions for the class of 2021 are far from being released, but the college admissions process for current high school juniors is already revving up with the announcement of the 2017-18 Common Application essay prompts.

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Test Prep 101: Guide to the SAT Reading Section

By IvyWise on Tue, Feb 07, 2017 @ 11:21 AM

Here’s What Students Need to Know About the SAT Reading Section 

By Peter, IvyWise Master Tutor

We’re almost a year removed from The College Board’s rollout of the 2016 SAT test redesign, so students and parents by now have a better sense of the test’s layout—that the reading section, for example, contains 52 questions and is timed to 65 minutes. There are however a couple of major conceptual changes in the SAT reading section that will be helpful for how students and parents approach preparing for the test.

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US vs. UK Admissions: What Parents and Students Need to Know

By IvyWise on Thu, Feb 02, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

Here’s How the UK College Admissions Process Differs From Admissions in the US

 

For many students, both domestic and international, applying to college is an opportunity to leave their comfort zone and gain new experiences. While more and more international students are studying in the US every year, a number of students are also looking to the UK for university options.

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How Colleges Are Celebrating Black History Month in 2017

By IvyWise on Wed, Feb 01, 2017 @ 02:59 PM

Colleges Across the US Celebrate Black History Month With a Number of Campus Events

 

February is Black History month in the US, and colleges and universities across the country are marking this national observance month with events and educational opportunities throughout February to celebrate the history of black Americans.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Jan. 23-27

By IvyWise on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 @ 11:20 AM

More Class of 2021 Application Statistics Available

 

January is almost over, and as we move further into the spring semester it’s important for college bound students to stay informed on the latest application trends and statistics.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Jan. 16-20

By IvyWise on Fri, Jan 20, 2017 @ 10:48 AM

Class of 2021 Application Numbers, College Prep Resources for Sophomores

 

With the new year comes new college prep goals, and with seniors all but done with their college applications, the focus has now shifted toward getting underclassmen college-ready.

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20 College Prep Resources for High School Sophomores

By IvyWise on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 @ 12:49 PM

Resources to Help Sophomores Get Started With College Planning

 

Junior year is right around the corner, so now is the perfect time for high school sophomores to start thinking about their college plans and what they need to do now in order to prepare for the admissions process.

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Life After College Application Deadlines: What Seniors Need to Do Now

By IvyWise on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 @ 01:56 PM

The College Admissions Process Doesn’t Stop After You Hit “Submit”

 

While there are a number of colleges still accepting applications for the class of 2021, many college application deadlines have passed and a lot of high school seniors have finished applying to college. So what happens next?

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College Prep Goals for 2017

By IvyWise on Thu, Jan 05, 2017 @ 10:56 AM

Start 2017 Off Strong By Setting Goals For The New Semester

 

Now that it’s a new year and winter break is over, it’s time to start focusing on what you should be doing to get ahead and make the most of the rest of the school year.

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More College Application Mistakes to Avoid

By IvyWise on Wed, Dec 28, 2016 @ 12:47 PM

Watch Out For These College Application Mistakes Before You Hit “Submit”

 

College application deadlines are just days away, so now is the time for students to put the finishing touches on their apps, and double check for any mistakes.

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Watch These 3 Great College Acceptance Videos

By IvyWise on Wed, Dec 21, 2016 @ 03:25 PM

IvyWise Pro Bono Students Share the Moments They Learned of Their Early Acceptances to College

 

What’s it like to be accepted to your early decision or early action college? These students shared their reactions!

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6 Tips to Help Seniors Finish College Applications Over Winter Break

By IvyWise on Tue, Dec 20, 2016 @ 12:05 PM

Regular Decision Deadlines Are Almost Here!

 

The clock is ticking and college bound students only have a little less than two weeks before regular decision applications are due. Many students will spend their winter break finishing their college applications, and we have some tips to help make that task a little easier.

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What to Do if You Are Accepted to College Early Decision or Early Action

By IvyWise on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 @ 06:00 PM

You Were Accepted to College Early! Here’s What to Do Next

 

Congratulations! You were accepted to your early decision or early action college. But what do you need to do next? There are a number of things to consider moving forward, so it’s important for students to weigh all their options before accepting an early offer of admission.

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Class of 2021 Early Admission Rates

By IvyWise on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 @ 10:33 AM

Here are Early Admission Statistics for the Class of 2021

 

The first members of the college class of 2021 are in! Are you curious to see how this year’s early applicants compared to the class of 2020? Here’s our breakdown of the early admission numbers for the class of 2021. More decisions will be released this week and next, along with statistics, so we will be updating as more information becomes available!

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How to Read Your PSAT Score Report

By IvyWise on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:17 AM

PSAT Scores Are Out Today. Do You Know What They Mean?

 

PSAT scores from the October 2016 sitting will be released to students on December 12, and you may have questions about what they mean and how you can use them to your advantage. Here's our guide on how to read your PSAT score report.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Dec. 5-9

By IvyWise on Fri, Dec 09, 2016 @ 11:58 AM

Colleges Begin Releasing Early Admission Decisions, International Students to Pay More to Take the ACT

 

The next few days will be a big for seniors who applied early decision or early action to their top-choice colleges! Catch up on early decision news and more in this week’s college admissions news roundup.

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16 Resources Kick Off College Prep Your Freshman Year of High School

By IvyWise on Thu, Dec 08, 2016 @ 05:05 PM

It's Never Too Early To Get Started With College Prep

 

All the focus might be on seniors right now, but this is actually the perfect time for high school freshmen to start thinking about their college goals – even if they seem really far off.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Nov. 28 - Dec. 2

By IvyWise on Fri, Dec 02, 2016 @ 11:15 AM

College to Send Acceptances Over Snapchat, More Colleges Announce Early Decision Release Dates

 

It’s December, and for many students it’s crunch time to get all of their college applications completed and prepare for final exams. For students who applied early decision or early action to their top-choice college, it’s also the time of year when they’ll learn their early admission decision. We have updates on this and more in our weekly roundup!

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College Prep 101: College Admissions Glossary of Terms

By IvyWise on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 @ 01:55 PM

Learn the College Admissions Lingo Before Starting Your College Prep

 

Ready to start your college prep but not sure what some of the college admissions lingo means? We’re here to help.

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Writing College Admissions Thank You Notes

By IvyWise on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 @ 02:26 PM

Don’t Forget to Give Thanks to Those You Meet Along Your Admissions Journey

 

When is it appropriate to send a thank you note or email when applying to college? Students are likely to meet a variety of admissions officials when visiting colleges and attending college fairs, and while it’s not required, it’s a good practice to send follow-up thank you notes.

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SAT and ACT Score Release Dates

By IvyWise on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Here’s When SAT and ACT Scores Come Out

 

For students applying to college, learning ACT or SAT scores is a big milestone in the admissions journey, and can heavily impact their college prep strategy going forward. If you’re taking the SAT or ACT this academic year, make sure you know when SAT and ACT scores are available and how that factors into your college prep timeline.

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SAT and ACT Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

By IvyWise on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 @ 11:05 AM

Here’s When You Can Take the SAT and ACT

 

Taking the SAT or ACT is a big element of the college admissions journey for many students, and it’s important for students and parents to know when the exams are offered, when to register, and how much it costs.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Nov. 7-11

By IvyWise on Fri, Nov 11, 2016 @ 11:07 AM

List of Early Decision Notification Dates, Penn Reports Record-High Number of Early Applications

 

Where has the time gone? Thanksgiving is around the corner and so is the first round of early decision release dates. Here’s what you need to know between now and then.

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Class of 2021 Early Decision Notification Dates

By IvyWise on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 01:20 PM

Early Decision and Early Action Notification Dates for the 2016-17 Application Season

 

Looking for early decision release dates for the Class of 2022? Click here!

There’s only a little more than a month left before the first early applcation decisions are released. Are you ready? Here’s our annual list of early decision notification dates!

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College Admission Secrets: Top Tips from Expert College Counselors

By IvyWise on Mon, Nov 07, 2016 @ 02:29 PM

Get College Prep Info From Those Who Have Made Admission Decisions Before

 

What does it take to get into your top-choice colleges? There are a number of admissions myths out there and various “tips and tricks” that promise to help students gain admission to their dream schools. At IvyWise, we have access to college admission experts who know what colleges are looking for and what students can do to improve their chances of admission, and they’ve revealed some of their top admission tips for college bound students!

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The Ultimate College Prep Guide: Twitter Chat Recap

By IvyWise on Wed, Nov 02, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Here are Some College Prep Tips From Last Week’s Twitter Chat

 

IvyWise was a guest in last week’s #CollegeCash Twitter chat, and provided a number of college prep tips for parents and students ready to start planning for college!

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Boo! Scary Grammar and Spelling Mistakes That Are Easy to Avoid

By IvyWise on Mon, Oct 31, 2016 @ 12:23 PM

Here Are Some Common Grammar and Spelling Errors Students Should Check For In Their College Application Essays

 

Few things are scarier to students than submitting their college application only to find mistakes afterward. This can lead to panicked calls to counselors and colleges, asking to resubmit their essays or correct an error. While small grammar and spelling mistakes won’t kill your college admission chances, they can lead to a lot of nightmares for already stressed-out students. Checking essays for avoidable mistakes before submitting can save students a lot of anxiety.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Oct. 24-28

By IvyWise on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 @ 12:57 PM

New College Admissions Guide for Parents and Students, Early Application Deadlines Approach

 

We’re just days away from some of the first early application deadlines on Nov. 1, and there’s a lot of college admissions news and information to help carry students and parents through this first admissions milestone.

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New College Admissions Guide and Information

By IvyWise on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 @ 01:06 PM

Download Our Free Introductory Guide to College Admissions

 

Ready to start your college admissions journey but not sure where to begin? IvyWise’s new College Admissions Guide is a primer that covers a number of topics including what colleges are looking for in applicants, how to build a balanced college list, what to expect on the Common Application, test-optional admissions, and more.

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Final Tips for Early Decision Applications

By IvyWise on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 @ 01:18 PM

Take Some Time to Review and Reflect Before Applying Early

 

Early application deadlines are right around the corner! If you are one of the many seniors applying to college early decision or early action this fall, there are a few things that you should double-check before hitting “submit!”

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Oct. 17-21

By IvyWise on Fri, Oct 21, 2016 @ 11:29 AM

Highest Paying College Majors, College Ranking Lists Shift Focus to Outcomes

 

As seniors continue to work on their college applications, juniors are in the think of their college prep, too, wading through a wealth of information about where to apply, ROI, and more. This week saw a lot of higher education news focused on information that juniors will use to make college decisions in the coming months.

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Should You Take SAT Subject Tests?

By IvyWise on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 @ 10:26 AM

Know the Pros and Cons Before Taking SAT Subject Tests

 

Fall is a busy testing season for high school students, and even more so for seniors applying to college. In addition to the ACT or SAT, some students also choose to take SAT Subject Tests as part of their admissions testing. But is it right for you?

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Oct. 10-14

By IvyWise on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Some Early App Deadlines Extended, Students Prepare for the PSAT

 

We’re halfway through October and early application deadlines are right around the corner! For students applying to college this fall, now is the time to get on track and stay informed on the latest college admissions news and developments.

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How to Ace Your College Admissions Interview

By IvyWise on Mon, Oct 10, 2016 @ 11:29 AM

Admissions Interviews Can Help You Stand Out and Demonstrate Interest

 

Now that we are at the height of application season, it’s a good idea to start preparing for the possibility of a college admissions interview. This is a chance for the college to put a face to the name on your application, and it is your opportunity to stand out and provide some additional context for your application.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Sept. 26-30

By IvyWise on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 @ 11:50 AM

WSJ Debuts New College Rankings List, Kaplan Releases New Survey of College Admission Officers

 

College is on the brain as we transition into October, and closer to early application deadlines, SAT and ACT test dates, and other fall admissions milestones. Stay on track by keeping up with the latest college admissions developments.

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5 Fall College Prep Tips for Seniors

By IvyWise on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 @ 10:58 AM

Seniors Need to Set Goals and an Application Timeline ASAP

 

You’ve made it! All that hard work over the past 3 years has finally led to senior year, but what do you do now? Starting off the school year strong and carrying that momentum through the fall will help you make the most of senior year and ensure you’re prepared not only for the college admissions process, but also college itself.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Sept. 19-23

By IvyWise on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 @ 10:49 AM

Experts Give Insight into the New Coalition College Application, Record-Number of Colleges are Test-Optional or Flexible

 

As we delve deeper into the application season, it’s important for students to, not only stay informed on the latest college admissions news, but also understand how it impacts their college application strategy. With more test-optional colleges and a new college application option available, students have a lot more to consider as they apply to college this fall.

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The Best Fit College Size For You: Small vs. Medium vs. Large Colleges

By IvyWise on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 @ 02:05 PM

The Size of Your College Can Have a Big Impact On Your Experience

 

When searching for best-fit colleges, size is often one of the first things that students consider. Many college bound students already have an idea of what they’re looking for in a school before they start researching specific institutions – maybe it’s a large student body with endless possibilities or a small campus with an intimate atmosphere. Going with your gut is a good place to start, but there are many pros, and cons, to certain college sizes that students might overlook when building their balanced college list.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Sept. 5-9

By IvyWise on Fri, Sep 09, 2016 @ 10:28 AM

New Survey of College Admissions Officers Reveals What’s Most Important When Applying to College

 

It’s officially back to school season, and as students ease into the new school year college planning is back on the minds of many families. There were a number of college admissions news stories this week, and we have everything you need to know right here!

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The Ultimate College Admissions Guide

By IvyWise on Wed, Sep 07, 2016 @ 01:19 PM

Everything College Bound High School Seniors Need to Apply to College this Fall

 

It’s back to school time and for high school seniors it’s time to start applying to college! Are you ready?

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Dr. Kat’s Top Back to School Apps

By IvyWise on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 @ 02:54 PM

Some of the Best Organization and College Prep Apps for Students This Fall

 

Time to go back to school? There’s an app for that! Start off the new school year by downloading these apps that will help you stay organized throughout the fall.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Aug. 22-26

By IvyWise on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 @ 10:43 AM

Some Colleges Drop SAT Subject Test Requirements, More Students Taking the ACT

 

Back-to-school season is in full swing, and we’re here to help college bound students start their fall off right by bringing them the latest college admissions and higher education news that they need to know.

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5 Tips for Choosing High School Classes

By IvyWise on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 @ 03:02 PM

Students Should Strike a Balance Between Challenging and Manageable

 

As students prepare to head back to school, many are examining their class schedule, gauging how difficult the next academic year will be and how they will achieve their grade goals. But it’s not just grades that colleges consider when evaluating applicants for admission. Colleges are also looking at the classes applicants are taking, how challenging they are, and how those courses align with students’ interests and academic goals.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Aug. 15-19

By IvyWise on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 @ 12:20 PM

Drexel Adds Early Decision Application Option, Class of 2020 Mindset List

 

Back to school season is here and it’s time for students to get serious about applying to college. Staying informed is key to having a successful admissions season, and he we have the top college admissions news for you right here!

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Should You Apply to College in the Early Round? EA vs. ED vs. EDII and More

By IvyWise on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 @ 12:32 PM

In Order to Manage Yield Colleges Offer Early Decision Programs

 

Did you know that you can apply to a college early and get a decision way before most other students? Many colleges offer “early” application options, with students usually submitting their applications in October or November and receiving a decision by December. With the rise in the number of students applying to multiple colleges, and the difficulty of predicting yield, many colleges are offering a number of early application options. So how do you know if applying early is right for you?

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Aug. 8-12

By IvyWise on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 @ 11:36 AM

UPenn to Allow Score Choice, ACT and SAT Face More Security Problems

 

As the summer starts to wind down, many students are preparing for the college admissions process this fall. It’s important to stay informed on the latest college admissions and higher education news, and we have everything you need to know right here!

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Questions About College Applications Answered

By IvyWise on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 @ 12:20 PM

IvyWise Counselor Nat Addresses Questions About the Common Application and More on Twitter

 

With the start of the 2016-17 college application season comes a lot of questions about college admissions, college essays, and more. IvyWise counselor Nat took to Twitter last week to answer some pressing questions college bound students had about applying to college this fall.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Aug. 1-5

By IvyWise on Fri, Aug 05, 2016 @ 11:50 AM

2016-17 Common Application Launch and Overview, More SAT Test Questions Leaked

 

The 2016-17 college application season has begun! Here’s what families need to know about the first week that many students are able to apply to college.

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2016-17 Creative College Application Essay Questions

By IvyWise on Wed, Aug 03, 2016 @ 01:35 PM

Here are Some of the Most Creative and Wacky Essay Prompts From This Year’s College Applications

 

The 2016-17 college admissions season has begun, with the availability of the 2016-17 Common Application and the launch of the new Coalition Application. With the start of the new application season comes some strange and quirky essay prompts.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, July 25-29

By IvyWise on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 @ 11:47 AM

More 2016-17 Essay Prompts Released, College Application Twitter Chat Next Week

 

The start of the next admissions season is just days away! Catch up on the latest higher education news before the Common Application and the Coalition Application open next week!

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SAT Percentiles 2016

By IvyWise on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 @ 01:54 PM

See How Your SAT Scores Compare to Other Test-Takers

 

The College Board recently released the percentiles for the new SAT, giving students a better idea of how they compare to other test-takers now that the SAT has adopted a new scoring scale.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, July 18-22

By IvyWise on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 @ 10:22 AM

Common App Goes Offline Until Aug. 1, Columbia and Barnard Drop SAT Subject Test Requirement

 

August is coming up fast, and rising high school seniors will soon be submitting the first of their college applications. There’s a lot happening in admissions right now, and we have your weekly roundup of higher education news!

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Social Media Dos and Don’ts for College Applicants

By IvyWise on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 11:02 AM

Be Mindful of Your Social Media Presence When Applying to College

 

As the college admission season approaches, it’s time for rising high school seniors to prepare for the college application process, including brushing up on some social media tips to help them make the most of their online presence when applying to college. Here are some social media dos and don'ts to consider!

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, July 5-8

By IvyWise on Fri, Jul 08, 2016 @ 10:08 AM

More Colleges Release Application Essay Prompts, SAT vs, ACT and More in This Month’s College Admissions Newsletter

 

It was a short week for many who celebrated the Fourth of July, but there’s still plenty of college admissions news to catch up on!

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2016-17 Common Application Supplemental Essays

By IvyWise on Wed, Jul 06, 2016 @ 10:58 AM

Here are College Application Essay Prompts for the Class of 2021

 

We may be in the middle of summer break, but a number of colleges have released their college application essay prompts already, giving rising high school seniors the opportunity to get a head start on their admissions essays!

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup June 27 - July 1

By IvyWise on Fri, Jul 01, 2016 @ 10:25 AM

UChicago Allows Applicants to Self-Report Scores, ACT Changing Scoring on the Optional Writing Test

 

It’s the Friday before a long weekend for many, but don’t head out before you catch up on the latest higher education and college admissions news!

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Brainstorming Tips for College Application Essays

By IvyWise on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 @ 02:51 PM

Use Spare Time During Your Summer Break to Brainstorm College Essay Topics

 

Brainstorming is the first step toward writing an authentic and compelling college admission essay. For some students, however, brainstorming can be a challenge.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, June 20-14

By IvyWise on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 @ 09:55 AM

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action in Admissions Policy, Guide to the 2016-17 Coalition Application

 

It was big week in higher education news, with the Supreme Court ruling on an important admissions case.

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2016-17 Coalition Application Guide

By IvyWise on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 @ 11:25 AM

What Students and Parents Need to Know About the New Coalition College Admission Application

Looking for the 2017-18 Coalition App Guide? Click here!

As the class of 2021 prepares for the college admissions season this fall they’ll have an extra college application option to choose from: the Coalition application. There have been a lot of questions about the new competitor to the Common App since its announcement, and we’re here to help with a comprehensive guide to the Coalition college application including what it is, what it includes, and whether or not to use it to apply to college this fall.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, June 13-17

By IvyWise on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 @ 10:18 AM

2016-17 UChicago College Application Essay Prompts Released, List of Colleges Using Coalition Application for the 2016-17 Admissions Season

 

It may be summer break for students, but the work is just starting in the college admissions world! More schools are releasing their essay prompts before Aug. 1, students have earlier access to application platforms, and there’s a lot happening in college admissions news that could affect the upcoming admissions cycle. Here’s what families need to know.

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How Seniors Can Prep Their Social Media for the College Admissions Process

By IvyWise on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 @ 11:53 AM

Social Media Is a Big Part of College Prep During the Summer

 

Yes, colleges are looking at your social media. Kaplan’s most recent survey found that “40% of college admissions officers browse social media profiles to learn more about admissions candidates.” In addition to summer activities, essay writing, and other summer college prep tasks, rising high school seniors should also take an inventory of their social media presence and decide how to use it to their advantage.

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Summer College Prep Checklist for Rising High School Seniors

By IvyWise on Wed, Jun 08, 2016 @ 12:28 PM

Seniors Applying to College This Fall Can Get the Bulk of Their Applications Done Over the Summer

 

Summer break provides college bound seniors with the perfect opportunity to get a head start on their college applications and continue their college prep so they’re prepared for the admissions season come fall. With activities, vacations, and other summer plans, it can be difficult to stay on top of everything that students need to accomplish while school is out. At IvyWise we aim to make getting ahead easier by providing students with comprehensive college planning checklists.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, May 31 - June 3

By IvyWise on Fri, Jun 03, 2016 @ 09:54 AM

UChicago Announces Class of 2020 Admission Rate, Brown Names New Dean of Admission

 

It was a short week for many as families across the US celebrated Memorial Day, but there was a still a lot happening in higher education and college admissions!

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Fight Summer Brain Drain: How to Learn and Continue College Prep Over the Summer

By IvyWise on Thu, Jun 02, 2016 @ 10:05 AM

Use Your Summer Break to Explore an Interest, Learn, And Get a Head Start on College Applications

 

Summer break is here for many students, but that doesn’t mean all learning has to stop! It’s important for college-bound students to spend their summers wisely, but they don’t have to participate in a fancy college summer program to do it.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, May 23-27

By IvyWise on Fri, May 27, 2016 @ 10:50 AM

Many Colleges Not Using the Coalition Application This Fall, Harvard University’s Annual Senior Survey Released

 

It’s the Friday before a long weekend, but there’s still a lot happening in the world of college admissions and higher education news. Read the latest college admissions news before you head out for the holiday!

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College Prep 101: How to Stay Organized When Applying to College

By IvyWise on Thu, May 26, 2016 @ 12:57 PM

IvyWise Staff Member Alison Used Spreadsheets and Checklists to Stay Organized When Applying to College

 

By Alison, IvyWise Marketing and Enrollment Coordinator

When I started formulating my balanced college list, I really was unsure what type of university or college I was looking for. I didn’t have a particular major in mind, all I knew was that I wanted to make sure I chose a school that would foster my own academic and professional growth while being a place I would be comfortable and proud to call home.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, May 16-20

By IvyWise on Fri, May 20, 2016 @ 09:34 AM

Class of 2020 Yield Rates, Waitlist Updates

 

The school year may be wrapping up, but the college admissions season is just revving up for rising high school seniors! There’s a lot to keep up with before getting a jump-start on college applications, and we have everything you need to know right here!

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Class of 2020 Yield Rates

By IvyWise on Wed, May 18, 2016 @ 10:44 AM

 Colleges Report Matriculation for the Class of 2020

 

This college admissions season saw record-low admission rates, but what colleges are really concerned about is yield – the percentage of admitted students who enroll. Yield rates for the class of 2020 are starting to emerge – giving prospective students a better picture of the most recent freshman class.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, May 9-13

By IvyWise on Fri, May 13, 2016 @ 09:50 AM

SAT Score Conversion, 2016-17 Common Application Overview

 

This was a big week for students planning to apply to college this fall, as developments like SAT score comparisons, Common App changes, and more dominated the latest college admissions news.

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2016-17 Common Application Changes

By IvyWise on Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 01:16 PM

2016-17 common application changesHere's Your Student and Parent Guide to the 2016-17 Common Application

 

Before getting a head start on your college applications this summer, make sure you’re aware of Common Application changes for the 2016-17 admissions season.

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SAT Score Conversion Chart

By IvyWise on Tue, May 10, 2016 @ 03:53 PM

UPDATED FOR 2018: Here are the Score Conversions for the New SAT, Old SAT, and the ACT

Want to see how your scores on the  SAT compare to ACT? The College Board has updated the concordance tables so students can see how their SAT total scores compare to composite ACT scores.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, May 2-6

By IvyWise on Fri, May 06, 2016 @ 09:38 AM

Malia Obama to Attend Harvard, Dozens of Colleges Still Accepting Applications for the Class of 2020

 

It was a big week in college admissions news – from college decisions to major developments for the next admissions cycle. Information is key to a successful college admissions experience, and we have the news you need to know right here!

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Gap Year Information and Resources

By IvyWise on Wed, May 04, 2016 @ 02:01 PM

Everyone’s Talking About Gap Years

 

Gap years have been growing in popularity in the US for some time now, but with the announcement that First Daughter Malia Obama will take a year off before attending Harvard with the Class of 2021, there’s a revived interest in gap years and their benefits.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, April 25-29

By IvyWise on Fri, Apr 29, 2016 @ 10:28 AM

College Admissions NewsJob Market Improving For College Grads, Coalition Application Announces Essay Prompts

 

Seniors: Have you decided where you’re going to college yet? Juniors: Are you ready to start the college admissions process? There’s a lot to keep up with, and we have the college admissions news you need to know right here!

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College Visit Dos and Don'ts For Students and Parents

By IvyWise on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 @ 10:53 AM

What and What Not to Do While Visiting Colleges

 

College visits are a critical part of the college search process, and it’s important for students and parents to make the most of their time on campus. Before you head off to prospective colleges, make sure you know what – and what not – to do while you’re there!

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2016-17 Common Application Essay Prompts

By IvyWise on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 @ 11:06 AM

The Common Application and the New Coalition Application Have Already Announced 2016-17 Application Prompts

 

The college admissions process is just wrapping up for current high school seniors, but for juniors preparing for the admissions process this fall there’s a chance to get a head start on their essays. The Common Application, the pending Coalition Application, and various colleges are already releasing their essay prompts for the 2016-17 application season.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, April 18-22

By IvyWise on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 @ 10:13 AM

Coalition application and locker updateUpdates on the Coalition Locker and Application, Some 2016-17 College Essay Prompts Announced

 

The May 1 enrollment deadline is right around the corner, and as the admissions process wraps up for current high school seniors, attention is now turning toward the next round of applicants.

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Seniors: Tips on Choosing Which College to Attend

By IvyWise on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 @ 01:14 PM

There Are Many Things to Consider When Weighing Multiple Offers of Admission

 

We’re less than two weeks away from the college enrollment deadline, and for many students deciding among a few colleges there’s a lot to think about before making a decision about where to enroll.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, April 11-15

By IvyWise on Fri, Apr 15, 2016 @ 09:56 AM

Resources for Waitlisted Students, Purdue Announces New Financial Aid Program

 

As high school seniors across the country decide where they’ll spend the next four years, the college admissions process is just starting up for current sophomores and juniors. There’s a lot to keep up with in college admissions news, and we’re here to make that easier with our weekly news roundup!

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Resources for Waitlisted Students

By IvyWise on Wed, Apr 13, 2016 @ 11:04 AM

If You’re Waitlisted Here Are Some Resources to Help You Decide What to Do Next

 

At the end of the college admissions process most students expect a clear “yes” or “no” answer on their application, so receiving a waitlist decision can be an extremely confusing result. If you’re waitlisted, there are a number of resources out there to help you decide whether to take your chances on the waitlist or move on.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, April 4-8

By IvyWise on Fri, Apr 08, 2016 @ 09:24 AM

College Admissions NewsMore Class of 2020 Admission Rates, Student Accepted to All Eight Ivy League Colleges

 

By now, most college bound high school seniors know their college admission decisions. Whether they were accepted, rejected, or waitlisted, there’s a lot to keep in mind, and a lot of news that juniors preparing for the college admissions should know!

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Should I Appeal My College Admission Decision?

By Catherine DiMarzo on Tue, Apr 05, 2016 @ 03:06 PM

In Some Cases It Is Possible to Appeal a Rejection But It's Rarely Successful

 

You were denied admission to your top-choice college. Now what? Most students and parents accept the bad news and move on, while others want to know why. In some cases it is possbile to appeal your admission decision, and every year many students take advantage of it. Success stories are few and far between, but overturning an admission decision is not impossible. There is anecdotal evidence that appeals can be successful. So the question remains – should you appeal your admission decision?

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, March 28 - April 1

By IvyWise on Fri, Apr 01, 2016 @ 10:26 AM

More Colleges Report Record-Low Admission Rates, Skidmore May Go Test-Optional

 

It may be April Fool’s Day, but today’s weekly college admissions news roundup is no joke! The Ivy League colleges released decisions this week and everyone was waiting to see how low their admission rates would go.

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Class of 2020 Admission Rates

By IvyWise on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 @ 10:22 AM

Colleges Continue to Report Record-Low Admission Rates, Stanford Admits 4.69% of Applicants for the Class of 2020

 

It was another competitive admission season for the class of 2020, with admission rates for the incoming freshman class remaining low and even dropping  from the 2014-15 cycle.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, March 21-25

By IvyWise on Fri, Mar 25, 2016 @ 10:20 AM

Colleges Report Record-Low Admission Rates for the Class of 2020, ACT Announces New PreACT Test

 

More colleges have released admission decisions this week, and with them comes a peek into the class of 2020. Many colleges are reporting record-low admission rates, with more decisions coming today and over the weekend.

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College Prep Tips: The Benefits of Outside Reading

By Catherine DiMarzo on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 @ 11:41 AM

Start Your College Prep By Picking Up Your Outside Reading

 

By Catherine DiMarzo, IvyWise Client Relations Manager

Families often ask what their students can be doing to demonstrate their intellectual horsepower outside of the classroom. One of the first things that our counselors recommend is outside reading. Specifically, reading that is not assigned for homework or as part of a class. There are many books, blogs, and online journals that high school students can read that will help them explore and become experts in their areas of interest.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, March 14-18

By IvyWise on Fri, Mar 18, 2016 @ 10:28 AM

First Class of 2020 Admission Rates, More Decisions Coming Today and This Weekend

 

We’re in the thick of admission decision season, with tens of thousands of students across the country and globe anxiously waiting to hear from their top-choice colleges!

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, March 7-11

By IvyWise on Fri, Mar 11, 2016 @ 10:32 AM

Class of 2020 Regular Decision Release Dates, Response to the New SAT

 

It’s a big month for high school seniors as colleges begin releasing regular decisions for the class of 2020! We have everything families need to know right here!

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What It’s Like to Wait for College Admission Decisions (As Told By GIFs)

By IvyWise on Thu, Mar 10, 2016 @ 11:46 AM

The Feelings of Anxious High School Seniors

 

Next week colleges will begin releasing regular admission decisions for the class of 2020, and many high school seniors across the globe are anxious to learn whether they were admitted to their dream colleges or not.

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Class of 2020 Regular Decision Notification Dates

By IvyWise on Mon, Mar 07, 2016 @ 09:50 AM

Here's When the College Class of 2020 Will Learn Their Admissions Decisions

 

Looking for regular decision release dates for the Class of 2022? Click here!

It’s March and there’s finally a light at the end of the admissions tunnel for anxious high school seniors – colleges will soon start releasing their regular admissions decisions!

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Feb. 29 - March 4

By IvyWise on Fri, Mar 04, 2016 @ 08:22 AM

The Revised SAT Debuts This Weekend, Boston College Announces Regular Decision Notification Date

 

This March will see a lot of big college admissions action, with the debut of the new SAT and regular decisions released later in the month. It’s important for college bound students and their parents to stay informed on the latest college admissions news, and at IvyWise we’re making that easier with our weekly news roundup!

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Tips for Students Taking the New SAT in 2016

By IvyWise on Wed, Mar 02, 2016 @ 03:17 PM

Tips for the new SATWhat To Keep In Mind When Taking the New SAT

 

The first administration of the redesigned SAT is this Saturday, March 5, and for students preparing for the college admissions process, this test is a big departure from the past SAT. At IvyWise, we’re advising students to delay taking the new SAT or to take the ACT instead, as colleges weigh both exams equally, but for students who are already prepared to take the new SAT this year, here are some things to keep in mind on test-day and beyond.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Feb. 22-26

By IvyWise on Fri, Feb 26, 2016 @ 08:42 AM

Insight Into the New August SAT Date, Cornell Now Need-Aware for International Applicants

 

March is right around the corner and with it comes the first sitting of the new SAT! There’s a lot going on in higher education right now as seniors prepare to learn their admissions decisions and juniors begin the admissions process themselves. Here’s what you need to know!

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What Does An August SAT Date Mean For Students?

By IvyWise on Thu, Feb 25, 2016 @ 01:05 PM

For The First Time In Decades The SAT Will Be Offered In The Late Summer

 

The new SAT is debuting this March, but another big change for the test is on the horizon – the College Board recently revealed that, starting in 2017, students will have the option to take the SAT in August. With the addition of a test date also comes the removal of one – the College Board will also eliminate the January test starting in 2018.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Feb. 15-19

By IvyWise on Fri, Feb 19, 2016 @ 11:52 AM

GWU.jpgGeorge Washington University and Harvard See Record Number of Applications, More Class of 2020 Admission Stats

 

It was a short week for many students who celebrated Presidents’ Day, but it was a busy week in college admissions and higher education news!

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Juniors: How to Get Organized Before Applying to College

By IvyWise on Wed, Feb 17, 2016 @ 04:01 PM

Tools to Help Students Get Organized Before Applying to College

 

By Amy Jeffrey, founder of Make Me a Freshman

Teacher recommendations. Transcripts. FAFSA. These are just three of the many different types of forms that you must track when applying to college. How can you manage them all?

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IvyWise.com Has a New Look!

By IvyWise on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 @ 04:10 PM

Check Out the New Look at IvyWise.com!

At IvyWise we’re committed to bringing the latest admissions tips and information to college bound families across the globe, so we’re happy to announce the launch of a new IvyWise.com, with even more resources for families interested in learning more about the college admissions process!

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Feb. 1-5

By IvyWise on Fri, Feb 05, 2016 @ 09:51 AM

Princeton to Reinstate Transfer Admissions, More Colleges Report Record Number of Applications to the Class of 2020

 

Are you keeping up with the latest college admissions news? With the changes coming to the SAT, the Common App, the new Coalition App, and other proposed changes coming to the college admissions process, it’s more important than ever to stay informed on the latest higher education news!

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When Should Juniors Start On Their College Applications?

By IvyWise on Thu, Feb 04, 2016 @ 02:34 PM

The Common App and Anticipated Coalition App Are Encouraging Students to Start On Their Applications Earlier Than Ever

Recently, the Common Application announced that the prompts for the 2016-17 application season will remain the same as last year, and that, instead of waiting for the Aug. 1 open date, current high school juniors can create accounts now that will roll over into the fall admission cycle. This is a big move, as the Common App stands to have some competition from the Coalition App, which plans to launch its “locker” feature soon and new application this summer. But what does this mean for current juniors, who are already under enough college prep pressure that these colleges supposedly want to help alleviate? How early is too early to get started on your college application essays?

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Jan. 25-29

By IvyWise on Fri, Jan 29, 2016 @ 10:35 AM

2016-17 Common Application Essay Prompts, Cornell Accepted 27.4% of Early Applicants to the Class of 2020

The first month of 2016 has flown by, and there’s a lot of news that college bound students need to catch up on from just January alone! This is especially critical for high school juniors, as the spotlight is on them as they gear up for the college application process this fall.

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Can’t Choose? These Colleges Combine Liberal Arts and STEM Education

By IvyWise on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 @ 03:48 PM

Who Says Liberal Arts and STEM Can’t Coexist?

As more families consider the ROI of a college education, the value of a liberal arts education in today’s world has been a hot topic. With many STEM degrees and programs topping lists of “highest paying majors” and “best college ROI,” many have waged a war on the liberal arts, pegging them as useless degrees that don’t warrant the cost. However, while a STEM degree can open doors to lucrative careers, many employers are finding that, without a liberal arts background, many STEM graduates lack the necessary communication, management, and collaboration skills that are necessary in the workforce.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Jan. 18-22

By IvyWise on Fri, Jan 22, 2016 @ 09:25 AM

New Report Aims to Change the College Admissions Process, Winter Weather Affecting Saturday’s SAT

It may have been a short week for most students, but it was a busy one in the world of higher education. A lot of college admissions news broke this week, and we’re here to tell you everything you need to know!

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What Parents and Students Need to Know About the "Turning the Tide" College Admissions Report

By IvyWise on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 @ 11:26 AM

New Harvard Report Offers Suggestions On How Schools Can Improve the College Admissions Process

The higher education industry was abuzz yesterday with the announcement of a new report released by Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, called “Turning the Tide,” that highlights how colleges can change the admissions process by focusing more on community service and reducing the stress that comes with students padding their resumes with multiple extracurricular activities, AP courses, and excessive test prep. This report was endorsed by dozens of higher education institutions, including admissions officials from MIT and Yale, among others.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Jan. 11-15

By IvyWise on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 @ 11:04 AM

More College Admission Officers Are Looking At Applicants’ Social Media Profiles, Record Number of Applications to Penn’s Class of 2020

As seniors wait to hear back from colleges, the spotlight has now turned to current juniors, who are in a very critical phase of the college prep process. It’s important at this stage to make sure you’re informed on the latest college admissions news. Luckily, we have the week’s top higher education news articles right here.

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How to Manage College Admissions Stress

By IvyWise on Thu, Jan 14, 2016 @ 11:16 AM

Applying to College Can Be Stressful But It Doesn't Have to Be

It’s only natural for teens to feel pressure when navigating the college admissions process – it is, after all, one of the biggest decisions many teens will have made up until this point. In the January newsletter we covered how to manage test anxiety, which is common among many teens taking the ACT or SAT in hopes of getting into their dream school. While testing anxiety can be crippling, the college preparation process extends beyond one Saturday morning test. Many students can feel overwhelmed going into the process, and the stress can cause problems with grades, family, friends, health, and more.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Jan. 4-8

By IvyWise on Fri, Jan 08, 2016 @ 11:34 AM

Many Colleges Still Accepting Applications for the Class of 2020, MIT Won’t Join Coalition App

Welcome to 2016! It’s a new year, new semester, and the perfect opportunity for students and parents to catch up on the latest higher education news and plan for the college application process!

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Colleges That Are Still Accepting Applications for the Class of 2020

By IvyWise on Wed, Jan 06, 2016 @ 10:41 AM

Here’s a List of Colleges and Universities With Later Deadlines

January 1 may have passed, but there are still plenty of colleges accepting regular decision applications. For those students who got a late start on the college admissions process, or are second-guessing their current balanced college list, there are a number of colleges and universities with later application deadlines.

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College Admission Secrets Pt. 3: What Parents and Students Need to Know About College Applications and Decisions

By IvyWise on Tue, Dec 29, 2015 @ 09:50 AM

Here's What Parents and Students Need to Know about Gimmicks, Diversity, and Admission Decisions

Many families have a lot of misconceptions about how the college admissions process works and what goes on behind the closed doors of admissions offices. At IvyWise we’re here to help clear up the confusion with our three-part College Admissions Secrets series. In this last installment we address what families need to know about applications and how admission decisions are made.

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College Admission Secrets Pt. 2: What Does and Doesn’t Matter on Your College Application

By IvyWise on Tue, Dec 22, 2015 @ 12:02 PM

All Information On Your College Application Is Important, But Some Metrics Are More Valuable Than Others

Do you know what really matters on your college application? Students and parents alike can buy into a lot of misconceptions about what’s ‘most important’ to colleges and how students can work to stand out when applying to their dream school.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Dec. 14-18

By IvyWise on Fri, Dec 18, 2015 @ 10:33 AM

Class of 2020 Early Admission Rates, Tips for Deferred Students

Early decisions are still rolling out and we’re quickly closing in on the regular decision deadline. Seniors are in full college application completion mode, while many juniors are bracing for the New Year and the changes to the SAT that are coming with it. It’s important to stay on top of the latest developments in college admissions at this juncture in the college prep process, and we’re here to make that a little easier with our weekly news roundup.

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College Admission Secrets Pt. 1: How Colleges Read Applications

By IvyWise on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

There's More to Evaluating Applications Than Grades and Test Scores

With high school seniors in the thick of the college application process, speculation abounds about how college admissions committees make decisions, what it takes to get in, and whether or not student A is more qualified than student B. “Chancing” is a big part of this frenzy, with students turning to message boards to post their stats in an effort to gain insight as to whether or not they have a shot at their top-choice college. But really goes on behind closed doors?

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Class of 2020 Early Admission Rates

By IvyWise on Mon, Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:51 AM

Here are the Early Admission Statistics for the Class of 2020

 

Looking for the overall class of 2020 admission rates? Click here!

We’re closing in on the college application finish line for this year’s high school seniors, but the first members of the Class of 2020 are in! Are you curious to see how this year’s early applicants compared to the Class of 2019? Here’s our breakdown of the early admission numbers for the Class of 2020. More decisions will be released this week along with statistics, so we will be updating as more information becomes available!

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Still Holding Out for the SAT? Why Juniors Should Prep for the January Exam

By Sarah, IvyWise Tutoring Manager on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 @ 12:42 PM

The January 2016 SAT Is the Last Administration of the Exam in its Current Form

By Sarah, IvyWise Tutoring Manager

The changes coming to the SAT in March 2016 have left many high school juniors confused about their options and the best approach for tests and test prep. For months, we’ve urged the Class of 2017 to opt for the ACT next spring in order to avoid any uncertainties regarding implementation and scoring that come along with this major overhaul. While we still stand behind the advice for all juniors to prep for the ACT, we realize there are still some that can’t get past the urban myths that ‘some schools prefer SAT’ or ‘the SAT is more coachable than the ACT.’ So for those doubters – with one big caveat – there is still the option to take the SAT in its current format with just one more offering in January 2016.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Nov. 30 - Dec. 4

By IvyWise on Fri, Dec 04, 2015 @ 11:34 AM

Colleges Begin Announcing Early Decision Release Dates, What to Do If You Get Deferred

It’s the first week of December, and many students are anxiously waiting for decisions from the colleges to which they applied early. It’s also crunch time for regular applications, as final deadlines are looming.

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Class of 2020 Early Decision Notification Dates

By IvyWise on Tue, Dec 01, 2015 @ 12:53 PM

Here are the Early Decision and Early Action Notification Dates for the 2015-16 Application Season

 

Looking for early decision release dates for the Class of 2022? Click here!

It’s December, which is crunch time for college applicants. There’s a month left before the Jan. 1 regular decision application deadlines, and that means that colleges will soon be releasing their early application decisions.

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Class of 2020 Early Application Numbers

By IvyWise on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 @ 12:51 PM

Some Colleges Report Increase in Number of Early Decision and Early Action Applications

As regular decision deadlines approach, some information is tricking out about early decision and early action applications for the class of 2020.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Nov. 16-20

By IvyWise on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 @ 11:28 AM

Colleges Report Early Application Numbers for the Class of 2020, New Report Finds More International Students Studying in the US

With Thanksgiving right around the corner we’re entering the final stretch of the college application season! Deadlines are looming, and it’s important this time of year for students to stay informed on what’s happening in the world of college admissions.

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6 Tips For Recording a College Application Video Essay

By IvyWise on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 @ 12:31 PM

Here’s How to Record an Outstanding College Application Essay Video

Many colleges are known for getting creative with their essay prompts, sometimes asking weird and wacky questions to encourage students to dig for thoughtful, creative responses. Another way some colleges are shaking up the college admissions process is with college application essay videos.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Nov. 9-13

By IvyWise on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Study Suggests Elite Colleges Might Not Offer the Most Difficult Courses, Student Protests Grow On College Campuses

With most early deadlines passed and about a month-and-a-half to wrap up regular decision applications, college-bound high schoolers are feeling a little bit of relief this week from the pressures of the college admissions process. While this is a good time to take a breather, students need to be diligent about sticking to their application timelines, completing essays, and staying informed on the latest higher education news.

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Why Your Interests Matter in the College Admissions Process

By IvyWise on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Your Passions and Interests Can Lay The Groundwork For a Successful College Experience

When preparing students for the college admissions process, we place a lot of emphasis on identifying and developing students’ interests in addition to good grades and test scores. As we’ve said before, students’ interests are important because it helps colleges make admissions decisions and build well-rounded classes. However, developing students’ interests isn’t just about getting into college – they’re a key factor in helping students succeed during their four-years and after graduation.

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What Matters When Applying to College?

By IvyWise on Tue, Nov 10, 2015 @ 03:47 PM

Here’s What Top Colleges Are Looking For When Evaluating Applications

There are a lot of misconceptions about what colleges are ‘looking for’ when evaluating college applications. Is it a well-rounded student? A well-rounded class? Students with only high SAT scores? Or students just in the top 10% of their class? Every college’s priorities are different, but here’s some insight into the factors that are important to most colleges based on a survey of college admissions officers themselves.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Nov. 2-6

By IvyWise on Fri, Nov 06, 2015 @ 11:11 AM

The Economist Releases First College Rankings List, College Board Publishes 2015 Trends in Higher Education Report

Now that the majority of early application deadlines have passed, the focus at this point in the college admissions process is on finishing those regular decision applications before the Jan. 1 deadlines! During this time it’s important to keep up with any admissions news and developments that might affect students’ application strategies.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Oct. 26-30

By IvyWise on Fri, Oct 30, 2015 @ 10:36 AM

SAT Scores Delayed, Colleges Address How Students Should Handle ACT Score Delay

This week saw more standardized test score problems, and students are looking to colleges and testing agencies for guidance on how to address these scary score delays on their early applications – which many are due in less than two days.

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6 Questions Every High School Senior Asks When Applying to College (As Told By GIFs)

By IvyWise on Wed, Oct 28, 2015 @ 01:20 PM

While the College Admissions Experience is Unique For Each Student, Many Go Through Similar Emotions

It’s an experience high school seniors across the country are going through together ­– applying to college. Every student is different, but the emotions and questions that the college application process can provoke are pretty predictable.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Oct. 19-23

By IvyWise on Fri, Oct 23, 2015 @ 11:24 AM

ACT Scores Delayed, College Admissions Tips for Parents

Early decision and early action deadlines are just around the corner, and with a new development regarding ACT scores from the September test, it’s critical for families to catch up on the latest college admissions news.

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8 College Admission Dos and Don’ts for Parents

By IvyWise on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 @ 12:13 PM

Parents Need to Be Involved When Students Apply to College But Avoid Overwhelming the Process

As a parent it’s hard not to want to play a major part of your student’s college search and application process. While it’s important to be involved in the process, there are some boundaries that parents of college bound students need to observe.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Oct. 12-16

By IvyWise on Fri, Oct 16, 2015 @ 10:13 AM

Job Market For Recent Grads Best Since 1999, Coalition Application Receives More Criticism

We’re less than two weeks way from many early decision and early action deadlines! Make sure you’re staying informed on the latest higher education news!

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College Prep Resources for High School Juniors

By IvyWise on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 @ 11:31 AM

Here are Some Resources to Help High School Juniors Prepare for the College Admissions Process Next School Year

Application deadlines are approaching for current seniors, but this is a critical college prep time for high school juniors, as this is their last full year to prepare before starting the college application process next fall.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Oct. 5-9

By IvyWise on Fri, Oct 09, 2015 @ 10:16 AM

Coalition Application Pushes Back Locker Portfolio Open Date, 2015-16 Early Application Deadlines

The first full week of October is coming to a close, and for students getting ready to submit early applications, there’s a lot to keep up with!

Staying informed is the best college admissions strategy, especially in the final weeks leading up to submitting applications. The college admissions landscape is always changing, and there’s always a new development to keep up with. At IvyWise, we strive to make the college application process as easy as possible for families, by making sure they’re well informed about what to expect when applying to college. This is why we bring you the latest college admissions news every Friday.

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Class of 2020 Early Application Deadlines

By IvyWise on Wed, Oct 07, 2015 @ 02:24 PM

Here’s When Students Applying Early to the Class of 2020 Need to Submit Applications

We’re closing in on the first college application deadlines for the Class of 2020. Here are some of the fall 2015 early application deadlines students need to be aware of.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Sept. 28 - Oct. 2

By IvyWise on Fri, Oct 02, 2015 @ 11:19 AM

New College Application Platform Announced, Survey Finds Only 13% of Colleges Will Require New SAT Essay

It was a busy week for higher education news, as some big announcements were made, new trends revealed, and admissions leaders from across the country gathered for an annual conference.

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Here’s What You Need to Know About the New Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success College Application

By IvyWise on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 @ 01:22 PM

Students Can Apply With the Coalition’s College Application In 2016

It was announced yesterday that over 80 colleges, including all Ivy Leagues and Stanford, had formed a coalition in an effort to increase college access and revamp the way that students apply to college. Known as the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, this initiative plans to launch a new college application next year that would serve as an alternative to The Common Application.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Sept. 21-25

By IvyWise on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 @ 09:19 AM

Yale No Longer Requiring SAT Subject Test Scores, Investigation Clears Princeton of Allegations of Anti-Asian Bias in Admissions

October is less than a week away, and with it comes early application crunch time. High school seniors busy with college applications might not have the time to stay informed on the latest higher education news – luckily we’re here to help.

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How to Manage College Admissions Stress This Fall

By IvyWise on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 @ 04:07 PM

Don’t Let College Application Anxiety Keep You From Having a Fun and Successful School Year

The glow of a new school year has worn off, and now college-bound high school seniors are diving head first into college applications – and the stress that comes with it.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Sept. 14-18

By IvyWise on Fri, Sep 18, 2015 @ 10:43 AM

Changes Announced for the FAFSA, White House Unveils New College Scorecard

Staying informed is one of the most important things that families can do when preparing to apply to college, and there was a lot of college admissions news to keep up with this week!

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FAQ: What You Need to Know About Transfer Admissions

By IvyWise on Thu, Sep 17, 2015 @ 05:13 PM

Planning to Transfer to Another College? Here are Some Transfer Application Tips

 The college application season may be underway for current high school seniors, but there’s another group of admissions hopefuls that also need some guidance this season: undergraduate transfer students.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Sept. 7-11

By IvyWise on Fri, Sep 11, 2015 @ 11:47 AM

Brown Admitted 196 Waitlist Students for the Class of 2019, Slate Debuts New College Admissions Podcast

It was a short week for students across the country, and for many it was officially back to school time! Now’s the time for high school students across the country to start the school year off on the right foot – and get ready for the college admissions process!

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Stand Out From The Crowd: Smart Ways to Enhance Your College Applications

By IvyWise on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 @ 11:57 AM

Increase Your Chances of Admission By Putting Together a Genuine and Thoughtful Application

Parents and students hear it every year: The college admissions process is more competitive than ever, and on many levels it’s very true. With the digital age came easier access to application materials, and students are applying to a longer list of colleges than ever before, making for a very saturated applicant pool at many top schools.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Aug. 31 - Sept. 4

By IvyWise on Fri, Sep 04, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

SAT Scores Drop to Lowest Level in 10 Years, ACT Writing Test Changes Coming This Month

Before you head off for the Labor Day weekend, catch up on the latest higher education and college admissions news!
 
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2015 ACT Writing Test Changes

By IvyWise on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 @ 11:02 AM

The New ACT Essay Will Be Administered For the First Time on the Sept. 12 Test

With everyone focused on the changes coming to the SAT in the spring of 2016, many have overlooked one major change coming to the ACT this fall: the essay.
 
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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Aug. 24-28

By IvyWise on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 @ 10:28 AM

Survey Finds Many Parents Unaware of SAT Changes Coming in 2016, 2015 ACT Scores See Little Improvement

August is wrapping up, and soon high school students across the country will all be back in the classroom – with many kicking their college application efforts into high gear. There’s a lot that happens around back to school time, and we’re here to help you stay informed on the latest college admissions news.
 
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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Aug. 17-21

By IvyWise on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

The Most Lucrative College Majors Are in Male-Dominated Fields, Job Outlook Positive For Recent College Graduates

As August begins to come to a close, it’s time for students to get serious about their back to school plans, college prep, and staying informed on the latest higher education news.
 
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Back to School Resolutions for High School Students

By IvyWise on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 @ 02:54 PM

New Goals For the New Year Can Keep Students On Track For College Admissions Success

It’s a common practice to set goals at the start of a new calendar year, but for students it can also be beneficial to come up with some resolutions for the new school year. By setting clear goals and expectations for the next school year, students can get ahead and prepare for the college admissions process.
 
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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Aug. 10-14

By IvyWise on Fri, Aug 14, 2015 @ 10:14 AM

FAFSA Will No Longer Show Colleges Where Else Students Are Applying, Higher Education Hot Topic For Presidential Candidates

From FAFSA changes to new college affordability plans, there was a lot going on in higher education news this week.
 
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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Aug. 3-7

By IvyWise on Fri, Aug 07, 2015 @ 11:45 AM

2014-16 Common Application Opens, Survey Finds 44% Of Students Don’t Think Their School Helped Them Enough In the College Admissions Process

It might still be summer break for many students across the country, but the college admissions season has already started! Now it’s more important than ever for families to stay informed on the latest college admissions news.
 
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2015-16 Quirky College Application Essay Prompts

By IvyWise on Wed, Aug 05, 2015 @ 01:27 PM

Colleges Continue to Get Creative With Collge Application Essay Prompts

The 2015-16 college application season is officially underway after the opening of the Common Application over the weekend. Many essay prompts were made available by colleges over the summer, but the launch of the new Common Application has allowed more insight into what colleges want students to write about this year – no matter how strange.
 
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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, July 27-31

By IvyWise on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 @ 10:37 AM

George Washington University Becomes Test Optional, Changes Coming to AP US History Course This Year

We’re one day away from the opening of the Common Application! The college admissions season will officially kick off in less than 24 hours, and there’s already a lot of news to catch up on!
 
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5 Common College Application Essay Myths

By IvyWise on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 @ 10:21 AM

Make Sure You Know The Truth About College Application Essays Before Starting On Your Common Application

The Common Application opens this weekend on August 1, and for many rising seniors this is the perfect opportunity to get a head start on their college applications before the start of the school year. However, before students dive into their college application essays, they need to know what’s true, and what’s false, about these common application essay myths.
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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, July 13-17

By IvyWise on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 @ 11:09 AM

Class Rank Value is Declining, Over One-Third of College Students Transfer Schools Before Graduation

As we get closer to the August 1 opening of the Common Application, there’s more and more back to school and college admissions news coming out everyday. It’s important for families to stay informed, so we’re bringing you the latest higher education news every Friday.

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Resources to Help You Write an Excellent College Admissions Essay

By IvyWise on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 @ 03:10 PM

Here are Some Resources to Help You Get Started on Your College Application Essays

The August 1 Common Application open date is just around the corner, but many colleges have already released their 2015-16 college essay prompts. For many students, the summer can be a great time to get a head start on their college essays before the school year starts. If you’re already working on your college applications, there are many resources out there that can help you craft a great essay before you’re able to meet with your college counselor this fall.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, July 6-10

By IvyWise on Fri, Jul 10, 2015 @ 11:05 AM

MIT Changes Early Admission Policy, Some 2015-16 Common Application Supplements Released Early

August is just right around the corner! We’re closing in fast on the July half-way mark, and rising high school seniors are realizing how soon the college application process will begin. Staying informed is one of the most important things that families can do to prepare for the college admissions season, and we’re here to make it easier with this week’s top higher education news.
 
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College Visits: Where to Splurge and Where to Save

By IvyWise on Thu, Jul 09, 2015 @ 02:38 PM

How to Make the Most of Your College Visits Even If You're on a Budget

As we draw closer to the opening of the new college admissions season on Aug. 1, many families are beginning to prepare for a big college preparation milestone this fall: visiting prospective colleges. 

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, June 22-26

By IvyWise on Fri, Jun 26, 2015 @ 09:59 AM

Harvard-Stanford Admissions Hoax Sheds Light on Competitive Process, How the SAT Error Will Affect Families

From admissions hoaxes to criticism about the erred June 6 SAT, this summer has seen no shortage of admissions and higher education news.
 
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Every College Planning Checklist You’ll Ever Need

By IvyWise on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 @ 05:02 PM

Here's A Roundup of College Checklists For Every Stage of the College Prep Process

It may be summer vacation, but college prep rarely takes a break. Whether you’re getting ready for your first year of high school or preparing for your last, there’s no better time than the present to start thinking about your college admissions goals and how to achieve them.
 

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, June 15-19

By IvyWise on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 @ 11:25 AM

College Board Offers Fee Waiver For Students Who Took June 6 SAT, Second Section Will Not Be Scored

It’s been a busy week with all the new updates on how The College Board is addressing student and parent concerns regarding the error on the June 6 SAT. A lot has happened in the past week, and we’re here to bring you all the information you need to know!
 
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What to Do If You Took the Problematic June 6 SAT

By IvyWise on Thu, Jun 18, 2015 @ 02:32 PM

Students Have Until Sept. 3 to Register For a Fee Waiver For the October Test

After addressing an error on the June 6 SAT last week and announcing that two sections of the test will not be scored, The College Board said this week that students who took the exam will be able to take the October SAT for free.
 

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New Ways Students Can Explore Colleges Using Social Media

By IvyWise on Mon, Jun 15, 2015 @ 02:55 PM

New Social Media Networks and Mobile Apps Make It Easier For High School Students to Connect With Colleges

This summer, rising high school seniors can explore colleges without having to leave the comfort of their homes. Though most students conduct their preliminary college research on the college’s websites, social media is becoming a more popular avenue to explore when gaining insight into a campus’s culture, offerings, and student life.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, June 8-12

By IvyWise on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 @ 10:27 AM

College Board Addresses SAT Error, UVA Releases 2015-16 Essay Prompts

Rising seniors: Are you ready for the college admissions process? It may be summer break, but the college application season is already starting and it’s important to stay informed on what’s new, what’s changing, and what students need to do this summer to stay on track. This is why at IvyWise, we bring you the latest college admissions news and updates every week.
 
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Summer Planning Checklist For Rising College Freshmen

By IvyWise on Mon, Jun 01, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Here’s What Rising College Freshmen Need to Do This Summer to Prepare For The First Semester of College

The summer before freshman year of college is exciting! You’re so close to realizing your college dreams, however, there’s still lots to be done to prepare for your first year on campus. From packing and choosing classes to spending time with friends, the months leading up to freshman move-in day can be extremely busy – and can go by in a flash.
 
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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, May 26-29

By IvyWise on Fri, May 29, 2015 @ 10:04 AM

NYU Changes Controversial Admissions Policy, More College Join the Common Application

It was a short week with the Memorial Day holiday, but there was no shortage of higher education news to cover! As students start their summer break, it’s important to remember that college prep doesn’t end with the school year. One of the best ways to prepare for the college admissions process is to stay informed, and our weekly news roundup is one way to do that.
 
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Class of 2019 Yield Rates

By IvyWise on Wed, May 27, 2015 @ 10:59 AM

Yield May Be Holding Steady At Elite Colleges But It’s Still A Big Concern For Admissions Offices

Yield rates for the class of 2019 at some of the country’s top colleges and universities have plateaued, with many mirroring last year’s rates. Of the yield rates that are available, some are the same or vary by one or two percentage points compared to last year. Why does this matter? For colleges, yield is important in order to predict the size of the incoming class and make sure they have enough students to meet their institutional needs.
 
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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, May 18-22

By IvyWise on Fri, May 22, 2015 @ 10:57 AM

2015-16 Common Application Changes, Harvard Accused of Discrimination in College Admissions

We took a break last week, but we’re back right before the holiday weekend to bring you the latest college admissions and higher education news! The school year may be winding down, but it’s a busy time in college admissions as the next round of students begin preparing for the application process this summer. There’s a lot that rising seniors can do now to prepare for the college admissions season – including staying up to date on the latest news.
 
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2015-16 Common Application Changes

By IvyWise on Thu, May 21, 2015 @ 11:45 AM

Here’s What Families Need to Know About the Changes Coming to the Common Application This Year

The Common Application has announced changes for the 2015-16 application, which opens August 1. For rising seniors, the summer is a prime time to get a head start on college applications, with many completing essays well before the August 1 open date. Because of this, it’s important for students and parents to know what to expect on this year’s Common App.
 
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Test Prep Tips for June ACT and SAT

By IvyWise on Wed, May 13, 2015 @ 12:44 PM

Here's What to Do In Order To Be Successful on June Standardized Tests

As the school year comes to a close, many students look forward to taking a much-needed break from studying and exams. However, for students taking the June ACT or SAT, the end of the school year can be an unwelcome event, as the culmination of the semester leaves them little time to prepare for these important tests. For some, the stress of end-of-year exams, AP and IB tests, and other final projects can force students to put off their test prep for the June ACT or SAT – leaving them unprepared come test-day.
 

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2015 College Admissions Trends Families Need to Know

By IvyWise on Tue, May 12, 2015 @ 10:20 AM

Common App Questions, International Admissions, and More: Here Are the College Admissions Trends Families Need to Prepare for This Summer

The admissions process for the Class of 2019 is just wrapping up, but we’re already seeing new trends developing for the Class of 2020. From online education to alternative admission options , and even problematic Common Application questions that colleges can use to make admissions decisions, there’s a lot brewing for the next crop of college applicants.
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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, May 4-8

By IvyWise on Fri, May 08, 2015 @ 10:17 AM

Annual State of College Admissions Report, IvyWise Class of 2015 Admission Results

By now, most college enrollment deposits are in and high school seniors across the country are counting down the days until graduation! While the college admissions process may be over for many of them, there’s still a lot to accomplish before the end of the school year, including acing finals and AP exams! There’s also a lot that high school juniors need to prepare for before the end of the school year, and staying informed on the latest college admissions news should be at the top of the list.
 
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2015 IvyWise College Counseling Student Success

By IvyWise on Thu, May 07, 2015 @ 02:34 PM

IvyWise's Class of 2015 Gained Admission to Over 260 Colleges Including All 8 Ivy Leagues and Stanford!

The 2014-15 application season was a great one for IvyWise students, with 92% gaining admission to one or more of their top-three choice colleges! This year's class gained admission to over 260 colleges and universities, including all eight Ivy League colleges, Stanford, MIT, Johns Hopkins, and NYU, to name a few. In honor of this year's class, we've created an infographic of their success and highlights of how IvyWise has guided students throughout the college admissions process for over 17 years now!

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, April 27 - May 1

By IvyWise on Fri, May 01, 2015 @ 11:04 AM

Seniors at NJ High School Submitted over 5,000 College Applications, It's Decision Day for the Class of 2019

Happy Decision Day! It’s May 1st, meaning students have until midnight to submit their enrollment deposits and secure their spot at the college they’ll attend this fall. By this time most students have already made their final decision, but for some it can come down to the wire. As the college admissions process wraps up for current high school seniors, it’s important to remember that the entire journey isn’t over quite yet! Seniors need to work hard and keep their grades up through the end of the school year because colleges will request final transcripts!
 
This is also the time of year when the focus shifts toward current high school juniors. It’s almost their time to apply to college, and one of the best things that parents and students can do now is stay informed on what’s going on in admissions and higher education. At IvyWise we aim to make this easier by bringing you the latest higher education news every Friday.
 
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How Many Colleges Should You Apply To?

By IvyWise on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 @ 11:55 AM

More Students Are Applying to Dozens of Colleges, But Is That a Smart Strategy?

With colleges receiving more applications than ever before and admissions rates dwindling each year, many college-bound students are deciding to hedge their bets and apply to as many schools as possible in order to secure sufficient offers of admission. Just this week it was reported that seniors at a New Jersey high school applied to, on average, 45 colleges each, with one student applying to as many as 70. There have been other reports of students applying to dozens of colleges ­– sometimes 30, 40, even 50. But is this really beneficial? How much is too much when it comes to college applications?
 
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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, April 20-24

By IvyWise on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 @ 10:58 AM

Arizona State Announces Online Freshman Year Program, Common Application to Allow Colleges to Ask Controversial Question

We’re a week away from May 1 enrollment deadlines, and as seniors enter the homestretch there’s a lot going on that can affect next year’s applicants. From online credit programs, to new Common Application questions and a rise in students going directly into college after high school, there were a lot of developments in higher education news this week.
 
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How to Identify and Focus Your Interests

By IvyWise on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 @ 01:10 PM

Selecting the Right Major is Key to College and Post Graduate Success

According to a  new survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, companies are planning to hire 9.6% more college graduates from the class of 2015 than they did from last year’s graduating class. The most in-demand degrees: e ngineering, business, and computer science. What does this mean for current high school students? Even with rising college costs, there’s  no doubt that a bachelor’s degree is worth it. However, it’s not just about where you go to college, but what you study.
 
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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, April 13-17

By IvyWise on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 @ 10:40 AM

Employers Plan to Hire More Recent College Grads This Year, Poll Finds Americans Still Value Higher Education

We’re less than two weeks away from the May 1 college enrollment deadline, and anxious high school seniors across the country and making their final decisions about where to go to college this fall. With all the madness there’s a lot to keep up with – especially higher education news.
 
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College Trivia and Fun Facts

By IvyWise on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 @ 10:59 AM

Test Your College Knowledge with These Fun College Trivia Questions

If you’re a high school junior applying to college next year, chances are you’ve been on a college visit or two and have spent a considerable amount of time researching different colleges and universities. Many students who have only a limited view of what colleges are like are sometimes shocked to find out how vastly different most institutions are from one another in terms of size, campus life, academics, athletics, and more. During your research and visits it’s likely you’ve learned a lot and picked up some interesting college facts along the way! Now it’s time to put your knowledge to the test with these fun questions.
 

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, April 6-10

By IvyWise on Fri, Apr 10, 2015 @ 11:16 AM

Students Accepted to All Eight Ivy League Colleges, Starbucks Expands Free College Education Program

As the initial admissions mania begins to wane for current high school seniors, a new round of excitement begins: choosing which college to attend! As seniors continue to weigh their options and send in enrollment deposits (most have until May 1 to decide) the focus starts to shift to current juniors and the start of their admissions journey later this summer.
 
No matter where you are in the admissions process, it’s important to stay informed on the latest higher education news and developments. This helps families know what to expect during the process, and enables them to make informed decisions when it comes times to apply to college. At IvyWise, we aim to make this easier by bringing you the latest college news every Friday.
 
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The Ultimate US Admissions Guide for International Students

By IvyWise on Thu, Apr 09, 2015 @ 01:01 PM

Here’s What International Students Need to Know About Applying to College in the US

As the admissions season for the class of 2019 wraps up, a new crop of anxious college bound students is getting closer to starting their own admissions journey. For international students interested in studying at a US university, the application process can be confusing as the US admissions process is very different from other parts of the world.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, March 30 - April 3

By IvyWise on Fri, Apr 03, 2015 @ 10:56 AM

Harvard Admits 5.3% of Applicants for the Class of 2019, 2015-16 Common Application Essays Announced

It was a big week for college bound seniors with the Ivy League colleges and additional US universities releasing the last round of admission decisions. Along with these decisions came a lot of higher education news, including new financial aid programs, admission options, and the kick off of the next round of applications for the class of 2020.
 
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Class of 2019 Admission Rates

By IvyWise on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 @ 10:08 AM

Admission Rates Drop Slightly from Last Year, Stanford Admits 5% of Applicants for the Class of 2019

It was another competitive admission season for the class of 2019, with admission rates for the incoming freshman class remaining low and even dropping slightly from the 2013-14 cycle. Overall, admission rates for the Class of 2019 remained very similar to last year, with some highly selective colleges reporting slight dips.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, March 23-27

By IvyWise on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 @ 11:32 AM

More Admission Rates for the Class of 2019 Are Released, Ivies to Notify Regular Decision Applicants Next Week

The admission decision madness is still going full-force, with more decisions expected today through the end of the month.

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Tips for College Visit Information Sessions

By IvyWise on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 @ 02:15 PM

IvyWise Expert Counselor Nat Shares Tips and Advice for What to Do Before, During, and After Information Sessions

When preparing for college visits, it’s important for families to plan ahead and register for official information sessions and campus tours. In some cases, families can overlook the information session by assuming it’s a general presentation with little impact as to whether a student will choose to apply there or not. This is a huge misconception, as the information session is a critical part of the college visit and gives families the best opportunity to get face time with the admissions office and have their questions answered by an actual admissions officer.
 
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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, March 16-20

By IvyWise on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 @ 12:08 PM

MIT Accepts 8% of Applicants to the Class of 2019, More Admission Decisions Releasing Today Through the Weekend

We’re in the think of admission decisions season as high schools around the world learn whether or not they got into their top-choice colleges. As more decision dates and announced and decisions are released, we will be updating the blog as often as possible. We know it’s an anxious time for students waiting to hear back from colleges, so we hope to make this easier by bringing you the latest admissions and higher education news every Friday!
 
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Summer Activity Ideas for High School Students

By IvyWise on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 @ 12:41 PM

Here Are Some Summer Plan Suggestions For Students Who Aren’t Sure How to Spend Their Break

Summer is right around the corner, and, if they haven’t started already, high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors need to make plans for how to spend those free months. For many students, summer break is seen as a time to take a break from school and soak up the sun – and that’s okay – but that’s not all they need to do.
 

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, March 9-13

By IvyWise on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 @ 10:32 AM

More Colleges Announce Regular Decision Release Dates, Yale to Offer New Online Degree

It’s Friday the 13 th but hopefully there won’t be bad luck for students who are finding out their admission decisions today and this weekend! Some of the country’s most selective colleges will kick off the regular decision releases this weekend, with most students hearing back from their top-choice colleges between now and March 31.
 
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Admission Decisions: What to Do If You're Accepted, Rejected, or Waitlisted

By IvyWise on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 @ 04:06 PM

Students Should Prepare For All Admission Outcomes, Know What to Do Once They Receive Decisions

A majority of admission decisions are expected to be released this month, with Washington University – St. Louis, University of Chicago, MIT, and Georgia Tech releasing decisions as early as this week. For applicants, this time period represents the culmination of many months and years of hard work – they’ll find out whether or not their top-choice colleges have accepted them. What many students fail to prepare for, though, is what happens after their decisions come in, no matter the outcome.
 
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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, March 2-6

By IvyWise on Fri, Mar 06, 2015 @ 10:42 AM

Admission Decision Notification Dates for the Class of 2019, PayScale Releases 2015 College ROI Data

The first week of March is coming to a close, and many high school senior are getting anxious as we get closer to the announcement of admissions decisions! While the college Class of 2019 is focusing on decisions, high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors need to be focusing on schoolwork and staying informed on the latest college admissions news.
 
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Class of 2019 Regular Decision Notification Dates

By IvyWise on Thu, Mar 05, 2015 @ 12:41 PM

Here's When Colleges Are Releasing Regular Admissions Decisions for the Class of 2019

 

Looking for regular decision release dates for the Class of 2022? Click here!

It’s March and there’s finally a light at the end of the admissions tunnel for anxious high school seniors – colleges will soon start releasing their regular admissions decisions!

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Feb. 23-27

By IvyWise on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

UPenn Raises Tuition for the 2015-16 Academic Year, Georgetown Study Reveals the Best Majors For Finding A Job After College

This semester is flying by! We’re closing out February and looking ahead to March – are you ready for college visits, college entrance exams, AP tests and more in the coming months? With all this college prep going on this spring, it can be hard for families to find the time to stay informed on the latest admissions news, trends, and developments. This is where IvyWise comes in!
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Community Service Tips for Freshmen and Sophomores: How to Get Involved

By IvyWise on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 @ 11:29 AM

Find Volunteer Activities That Align With Your Interests By Getting Creative

We talk a lot about what colleges and universities are looking for when evaluating applications. Grades, courses, and test scores are very important, but so are the less quantifiable elements, like activities and essays. One thing many students overlook when preparing for the admissions process is community service. Just like with other extracurricular activities, colleges want to see students participating in impactful volunteer opportunities – finding a way to give back and enhance their local community. So how do students find the right community service activities for them?
 
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What Students Should Do While Waiting for College Admissions Decisions

By IvyWise on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 @ 10:50 AM

Fight off Senioritis and Focus on Finishing the School Year Strong

This time of year makes for very anxious high school seniors as many wait to hear back from colleges about their admissions decisions. The period between submitting application and receiving decisions can feel like an eternity and often leaves students in an academic limbo with many thinking “I’ve done all I can and the decision is in the hands of the admissions committee – what else can I do?”
 
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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Feb. 16-20

By IvyWise on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 @ 11:11 AM

New York Times Announces New Education Program, Carnegie Mellon Accidentally Tells Rejected Students They’re Admitted

It was a short week for many who had Monday off for Presidents Day, however this week wasn’t short on higher education news! From new educational programs to accidental acceptances, there has been a lot going on in education.

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Presidents Day: Where Famous First Ladies Went to College

By IvyWise on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 @ 12:27 PM

From Large Universities to Small Women's Colleges, These Famous First Ladies Have Some Impressive Alma Maters

 

Every year we take time to honor our US presidents with Presidents’ Day – but what about our first ladies? Many of the presidents and first ladies that have come through the White House have been educated at some of the country’s finest colleges and universities, for both their undergraduate and graduate educations. This month we’ve focused a lot on leadership and how higher education can foster great leaders, like our nation’s presidents. The same applies to first ladies!

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Feb. 9-13

By IvyWise on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 @ 10:22 AM

Malia Obama’s College Search, Harvard and MIT Sued Over MOOCs

It may be Friday the 13th, but students are in luck as many have a three-day weekend ahead of them! Before heading off the celebrate Presidents’ Day, students should make a point to wrap up any homework, outside work, or college prep tasks before the short break. If you’re planning to spend the weekend visiting colleges, make sure you pack the right tools and come armed with good questions for admissions officers and tour guides!

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Job Search vs. the College Search: Tips for Recent College Graduates

By IvyWise on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 @ 02:53 PM

Finding a Post Grad Job is A Lot Like Applying to College

For many December college graduates, the New Year has been spent searching for that first post-grad job. Recent grads may feel lost in the process, and struggle with this unfamiliar landscape. What many don’t realize, however, is that they’ve been through this intensive process before – when they applied to college!  

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Feb. 2-6

By IvyWise on Fri, Feb 06, 2015 @ 12:21 PM

Harvard Sees Record Number of Applications for Class of 2019, Airlines Offer Ivy League Courses During Flight  

Happy Friday! As we close out the first week of February, it’s important for students and families to remain on track for the school year and make an effort to stay informed on developments in admissions and higher education.  

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February College Feature: THON Dance Marathon at Penn State

By IvyWise on Tue, Feb 03, 2015 @ 11:15 AM

Students At Penn State Get to Dance All Night At The School's Annual THON Dance Marathon

At IvyWise we like to highlight colleges and programs that many students may not be familiar with. Each month, we will highlight a unique or aspect of a school or an interesting program in an effort to help students learn more about the variety of institutions in the US. This month, we’re taking a look at Pennsylvania State University’s THON, a major student-run philanthropic dance marathon. (Image via NBC Philadelphia) 

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Jan. 26-30

By IvyWise on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 @ 09:45 AM

Goucher Admits 75% of Video Applicants, Humans of New York Raises $1 Million to Help Brooklyn Students Visit Harvard  

January is coming to a close, and while the admissions waiting game is in full swing for current high school seniors, the admissions process is just heating up for underclassmen.  

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Study Tips for High School Students: Habits to Develop Before College

By IvyWise on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 @ 11:41 AM

Highlighting and Typing Notes Can Actually Hurt More Than Help  

The key to good grades is studying the material so that students understand the concepts and can apply them in the classroom. However, many students don’t practice effective study methods in high school, causing them to either memorize and forget information, or not fully grasp the concepts. These bad study habits can roll over into college – making the transition into a college course load even more difficult.  

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College Visit Packing List: What to Bring and What to Leave at Home

By IvyWise on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 11:38 AM

Come Prepared to Ask Questions and Take Notes on College Visits, But Leave Other College Apparel at Home 

College visits are a crucial part of the college search process. After all, the best way to learn about a college and its campus is to actually experience it first-hand. The spring semester is a great time to start planning college visits, as students have upcoming spring breaks that they can use to travel.  

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Jan. 19-23

By IvyWise on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 @ 10:22 AM

Stanford Students Gain to Access Admissions Files, Arizona Will Require High School Students to Pass Citizenship Test to Graduate  

It’s Friday, and we’re here to help parents and students catch up on the latest admissions and higher education news!  

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January Feature: What's the 1 In a 4-1-4 Academic Calendar?

By IvyWise on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 @ 10:35 AM

These Month-Long January Term Classes Offer Unique Learning Opportunities for Students

At IvyWise we like to highlight colleges, programs, and facets of college life that many students may not be aware of. Each month, we will highlight a unique aspect of a school, program, or event in an effort to help students learn more about the variety of institutions in the US – and the many different ways they can get a best-fit education.  

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Jan. 12-16

By IvyWise on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 @ 10:17 AM

Free Community College Plan, Can College Essays Predict Academic Success?  

It’s the Friday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and while many students are looking forward to the long weekend, it’s important to stay on task and use some of this time off to your advantage.  

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MOOC Roundup: Some of the Best Online Courses Offered by Top Colleges

By IvyWise on Thu, Jan 15, 2015 @ 12:49 PM

Learn About the Things You Love For Free From Some of The US's Most Selective Colleges

Part of learning is exploring new interests, and with the accessibility of massive open online courses (MOOCs) high school and college students (and even adults!) are able to expand their knowledge on topics they’re really passionate about, or just want to delve a little deeper into.  

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Spring College Planning Resources for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors

By IvyWise on Thu, Jan 08, 2015 @ 12:59 PM

Underclassmen and Juniors Should Use This Semester To Dive Into College Admissions Preparation  

The start of the spring semester marks the halfway point in the school year for many students, and while seniors spent the fall focused on college applications, now is the time for juniors and underclassmen to get a jump-start on the college admissions process.  

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Dec. 29 - Jan. 2

By IvyWise on Fri, Jan 02, 2015 @ 10:48 AM

College Offers Salary Guarantee, 2015 College Prep Resolutions  

It’s officially 2015, and many regular decision deadlines have already passed! For many college bound high school seniors, the college application process has come to close after hitting “submit” on the last of their applications. For some applying to school with deadlines in mid-January, the process will be over soon enough.  

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How to Set Academic and College Prep Goals for 2015

By IvyWise on Tue, Dec 30, 2014 @ 11:24 AM

Set Attainable Academic New Year's Resolutions That Will Help You in the Admissions Process

As the New Year approaches, many people are setting goals and resolutions to accomplish in 2015. The onset of a new year is a great opportunity to reflect on the past year and determine what improvements to make in the coming months – whether personally, professionally, or, in the case of many high school students, academically.   

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How to Stay Productive Over Winter Break

By IvyWise on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

There's Plenty You Can Do Over Winter Break to Prepare for College Admissions

The holiday season is here, and students are getting a much-needed break from their normal school schedule. While it’s necessary for students to take some time to recharge, many often become restless after a few days and may need some productive ways to pass the time.  

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Dec. 15-19

By IvyWise on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 @ 09:40 AM

College Enrollment Drops Slightly, More Class of 2019 Early Admission Rates  

This week was full of early decision chaos, with many students hearing back from their early schools earlier this week.  

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Class of 2019 Early Admission Rates

By IvyWise on Mon, Dec 15, 2014 @ 05:29 PM

Colleges See Increase in Early Applications, Slight Decrease in Early Admission Rates

The first members of the Class of 2019 are in, and many are anxious to see how this year’s early applicants compared to the Class of 2019. Here’s our breakdown of the early admission numbers for the Class of 2019. We will be updating as more statistics become available!

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Dec. 8-12

By IvyWise on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 @ 12:05 PM

Class of 2019 Early Admission Decisions Roll Out, First Early Admission Rates Available  

It’s that time of year! Early decisions are coming out just about every day, and regular decision deadlines are just a couple of weeks away! It’s the final stretch of the college application season, and in the madness it can be hard to stay up to date on the latest admissions and higher education news.  

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5 Tips to Help Manage College Application Stress

By IvyWise on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 @ 11:55 AM

Here's How Students Can Manage the College Application Frenzy

We’re less than a month away from regular decision deadlines, and with many early admissions decisions being released this week and next college application stress is at a fever pitch.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Dec. 1-5

By IvyWise on Fri, Dec 05, 2014 @ 11:49 AM

Early Admission Decision Release Dates, Why Many Students Don’t Graduate in Four Years  

We’re closing in fast on early decision release dates and the regular decision application deadline! High school seniors are in full college app mode, and it’s important during this time to stay informed on admissions news, such has deadline changes, college app news, and more.  

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Class of 2019 Early Decision Notification Dates

By IvyWise on Wed, Dec 03, 2014 @ 12:58 PM

Here are the Early Decision and Early Action Notification Dates for the 2014-15 Application Season

 

Looking for early decision release dates for the Class of 2022? Click here!

There’s a little less than a month left before the Jan. 1 regular decision application deadlines, and that means that colleges will soon be releasing their early application decisions.

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Say “Thanks” This College Admissions Season

By IvyWise on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 @ 02:10 PM

A Few Things to Be Thankful For This College Admissions Season

With the Thanksgiving holiday this week, students will be getting a much-needed break from the rigors of school and the college admissions process. It’s also a time to reflect on what you’re thankful for this year.  

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Nov. 17-21

By IvyWise on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

NYU Top Destination for International Students, Harvard and UNC Sued Over Affirmative Action in Admissions  

It was a big week for higher education news, including a spotlight on international enrollment in US universities, affirmative action in admissions, and the value of an elite education.  

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Why Record-Number of International Students are Studying in the US

By IvyWise on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 @ 04:39 PM

More Options, Liberal Arts Focus Draws International Students to US Universities

After twelve years of boasting the highest number of international students of any university in the US, the University of Southern California has finally ceded that title to New York University, according to a study by the Institute of International Education. Across the board, international students are attending US universities in record numbers.  

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Nov. 10-14

By IvyWise on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 @ 10:32 AM

Average Student Loan Debt Rises, Affirmative Action in Admissions Case Could Go Back to Supreme Court  

This week in college and higher news, the focus was on student loan debt and the rise in the amount of average borrowing. The cost of college is a big factor to consider when applying to college, so remember to do your research and find colleges that are great financial, as well as academic and personal, fits.  

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College Admissions FAQ

By IvyWise on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 @ 03:10 PM

Answers to Some of the Most Common College Admissions Questions  

Recently, IvyWise CEO and founder Dr. Kat Cohen stopped by the TODAY Show to talk about what college students should include in their college applications. A lot of great questions came up, and we want to make sure families are armed with the knowledge they need to succeed. Many of these questions and concerns stem a lack of clarity or  understanding of the college admissions process.  At IvyWise, we strive to help families demystify the college application process and guide students on how to put their best foot forward when it comes time to apply.  

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Nov. 3-7

By IvyWise on Fri, Nov 07, 2014 @ 10:09 AM

Colleges Begin to Report Early Application Numbers for the Class of 2019, Some Colleges Extend Early Admission Deadlines  

With the start of November, we’re less than two months away from regular decision deadlines! Seniors may be feeling the heat, but it’s important to keep your cool and remember to use your time wisely to finish your remaining college applications.  

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Finding Your Best-Fit College: Spotlight on Colby College

By Lindsay Hirdt on Wed, Nov 05, 2014 @ 03:37 PM

Colby College Offers a Tight-Knit Community and a Rural Campus

IvyWise Intern Sarah tells us how she knew Colby College was her best-fit school.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Oct. 27-31

By IvyWise on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 @ 11:52 AM

Elite Colleges Look for Common App Alternative, “Wasting Time on the Internet” Course Offered at Penn  

Boo! It’s Halloween, and the fright of the early application deadline is upon us! Many colleges require students to submit their early decision or early action application by midnight on Nov. 1. Are you prepared?  

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Building a Well-Rounded Class: Why Colleges Want Specialists

By IvyWise on Wed, Oct 29, 2014 @ 12:24 PM

Debunking the Myth of the Well-Rounded Student

The truth is, there is no foolproof way to guarantee admission to your top-choice college. Admissions officers look at a variety of factors when evaluating college applications, and no singular quality is going to make you a shoo-in. 

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Oct. 20-24

By IvyWise on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 10:17 AM

U. of Illinois Drops Early Admission Option, Therapy Dogs Ease College Students’ Anxiety  

October is quickly coming to a close, and early admission deadlines are just days away! As this crucial application deadline approaches, it’s important to stay informed on new developments in admissions and higher education.  

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The Benefits of a Liberal Arts Degree

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